June 25, 2003

Inzamam aims for league cricket

Wisden CricInfo staff

Inzamam-ul-Haq has announced he wants to play league cricket in England in an attempt to salvage his international career. Inzamam was dropped by Pakistan after managing just 19 runs in six matches in the World Cup, and watched his replacements go down fighting in a 2-1 defeat against England in the NatWest Challenge.

"Since there is no domestic cricket being played in Pakistan, the only way I can satisfy the selectors about my fitness is to play some league cricket," said Inzamam, who shed several pounds ahead of the World Cup. "I have contacted some league clubs in England through my Pakistan team-mates who are in England. Hopefully, I should be active in league cricket by early July."

Inzamam is now 33, and has played 85 Test matches for Pakistan, at an average of 48.92. "I retain my hunger and passion for the game, he added, "and I am not disheartened at being dropped after the World Cup. It happens to every player. You just have to fight back and make a comeback."