October 27, 2005

Pakistan cricket

The Sultan of Multan

The Surfer

Mike Selvey looks forward to his visit to Multan, and in particular to the chance to watch Inzamam-ul-Haq, his favourite cricketer.

It is not only his batting, which at its languid best can make Marcus Trescothick's footwork seem like a qualification for a starring role in Riverdance, but the whole way he approaches being in the game's top echelon. He is the absolute antithesis to the gym culture into which everyone must now buy: burp rather than beep test.

He is generally impassive, immovable if given out lbw (in one Test we saw the game restart before he had crossed the boundary rope), hates fielding with a passion, has been responsible for more cockups between the wickets than anyone else in cricket history and, with the coach Bob Woolmer, currently forms perhaps the most corpulent management team seen since Warwick Armstrong ran the Australian side on his own.


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