Imam-ul-Haq opens up about nepotism, says people think Inzamam instructed Mickey Arthur for his selection
Pakistan opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq believes he has been a victim of nepotism over the years and will be pleased if people accept him as a Pakistani cricketer rather than the nephew of Inzamam ul Haq. Imam, who is the nephew of former Pakistani captain (Inzamam) fears that he won't be able to change people's perception towards what they think of the stylish batsman. Imam often faces the criticism of climbing ranks and making it to the national team of the Green Army with the help of his uncle.
The former Pakistan great has enjoyed many stellar stints as advisor and selector after calling it quits with the gentlemen's game. Inzi was appointed as batting consultant following his retirement prior to his temporary appointment as head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team. The 49-year-old was hired as the chief selector of the Pakistani national team in 2016 - a time when his nephew Imam was banging the doors of the selectors with his stellar knocks in the domestic circuits.
“I don’t think it will change unfortunately,” said Imam while addressing the nepotism accusations. “The people will never accept me. That’s what I think. I will be very pleased if people were to accept me as Imam-ul-Haq and not as someone’s nephew,” he added.
While many believed Imam's selection in 2017 was made possible only because of his uncle, in reality, it was Azhar Ali's injury prior to the bilateral series with Sri Lanka that came as a blessing in disguise for the southpaw.
The left-handed batsman asserted that people also have a misconception regarding his selection in the national team. “People think he [Inzamam] instructed Mickey Arthur to select me'” he said. “People need to realize that we are living in a time where you can’t hide anything from the media. I won’t be in the team without my performance,” he added.
Seeking acceptance from the Pakistani fans, Imam said that it was his hard work and performances that paid him rich dividends by handing him the national call-up. The promising young talent had a disappointing ICC World Cup 2019 with the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side in England and Wales.
Imam revealed that he gest emotinola everytime when Pakistan fail to emerge as the winning side. “I cry a lot when Pakistan lose. Its hurts me if people criticise Babar Azam or Mohammad Amir,” he said. “I know what we all go through to give our best for the team,” he added.