Naming of Asia Cup squad July 1, 2004

Inzamam at odds with selector

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Inzamam wants Woolmer to have more time to the Asia Cup squad © Getty Images

Inzamamul Haq has been at odds with a national selector about the timing of the announcement of the Pakistan squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup. The Dawn reported Ehteshamuddin, a national selector, as saying that the Pakistan squad would be announced on July 7, but Inzamam hoped that it would happen earlier.

Ehteshamuddin, the former Pakistan medium-pacer, said that the selection committee wanted to give Bob Woolmer, the new coach, enough time to assess all the 26 probables at the ongoing training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

However, Inzamam felt that the squad should be named as soon as possible so that Woolmer could train the chosen candidates suitably. "We have 14 batsmen in the camp," he said, "and it's difficult to give each of them adequate time. It would make sense to select the final team and concentrate on it."

Woolmer, who was appointed as a replacement for Javed Miandad earlier this month, is expected to arrive on Friday.