Abid Ali destabilising team by scoring runs: Inzamam-ul-Haq

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LAHORE – Ex-captain and former chief selector of Pakistan cricket team Inzamam-ul-Haq criticised the performance of opening batsman Abid Ali, saying that his displays aren’t helping the national team.

Talking to The Dependent, Inzamam said that Abid Ali should focus on what Pakistan needs and keep that in mind the next time he comes out to bat.

“Abid Ali is destabilising the team by scoring runs. First he scored that century on debut against Australia, in the first chance that he got, and now he scored a match winning 70 odd against Sri Lanka, again on his first chance,” Inzamam said.

“By scoring these runs he is affecting our stable combination, because now the team management would seriously start thinking about picking him. Picking him means someone else won’t be picked. And I know how tough these decisions can become when I was the chief selector at the time when he scored that century against Australia,” he added.

Inzamam said that Abid Ali is a great player, and his performances in the domestic game are a testament to that, but that doesn’t mean he should start scoring runs at the international level.

“By doing that he will start playing all the international matches and will play less domestic matches. That would affect the number of runs he scores in domestic cricket,” he added.