Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 January 20, 2013

Inzamam not a part of Pakistan's tour of South Africa

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has decided not to continue with Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan batsman, as the team's batting consultant for the tour of South Africa for which the team departed on Sunday morning. Inzamam was supposed to travel for the tour but ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB did not approach him.

Inzamam was appointed for the role just before the team's short limited-overs tour of India. He helped the team prepare for the tour but did not travel to India with them due to his commitments with a TV channel. However, he was committed to go to South Africa. Even though there was no written agreement between the PCB and Inzamam over covering the South Africa series, both had an understanding to carry out the deal.

"We have engaged the services of Inzamam ahead of the India tour," PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had said last month on appointing Inzamam. "He won't travel to India with the team but will help the batsmen in the camp as batting consultant. He will be part of the touring unit that goes next year to South Africa."

The PCB had planned to recruit a specialist coaches with separate people taking charge of batting, bowling and fielding, but gave head coach Dav Whatmore the additional responsibility of a batting coach. The idea was then shelved and the PCB opted to go series-by-series instead of appointing a full-time batting coach.

Pakistan will play three Tests, two Twenty20s and five ODIs in South Africa during their two-month tour, starting with a tour match between Pakistan XI and South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park, East London from January 25 to 28.

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  • Sabeeh on January 22, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    I think its better this way. You have different Pakistani batsmen run sort of clinics and each teach different skills to these batsmen. Batting is so unique for each player. You can't give the same advice to Jamshed (who is an opening LHB) as you would an U Akmal or Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq. They all have limitations much like Inzi.

    You think Inzi can teach them how to take quick singles or the reverse sweep. Great Batsmen does not equal great coaches.

    Same with Inzi, how much can he teach a Leftie opener about how to play SA fast bowling.

  • SAAD on January 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    yaar believe it or not my friend last thursday went to see inzamam at his house. and someone from the coaching set up was present there ( according to my friend it was our bowling coach M. Akram) and was convincing him to go s. africa, but he declined it on full time basis due to time constraint and i think he was willing to go there for like 3 weeks. so we cant say that PCB decided not to take him, it was inzi bhai himself who decided it. so PCB couldnt convince him!

  • Abdullah on January 21, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    " He will be part of the touring unit that goes next year to South Africa." Zaka Ashraf. Been Chairman of PCB, he should keep his words. It doesn't suit a person of such caliber to move against his statement. I was not expecting that from him.

  • umair on January 21, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    i think its a good decision because having many coaches in a dressing room could cause conflicts !

  • Naveed on January 21, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    How can we have good batsmen if a batsman like afridi is most popular in the country? I was reading interview of awais zia nd guess wat? He wants to be like afridi. He dnt want to be saeed anwar inzama ul haq or M yusuf but afidi. Same goes for umar akmal. He has all that talent but he wants to bat like afridi. Its us fans aswel. We love to watch afridi nd imran nazir nd make fun of misbah nd azhar ali (proper batsmen) .

  • Israr on January 21, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I think we should see if we can get someone like Jack Kallis to as a batting coach

  • Imraan on January 21, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Inzi bhaI should have ben appointed surely though. I don't know what's going on with PCB as usual. Anyways...... Good luck INZI BHAI as you will be THE MOST Successful coach of PAKISTAN cricket team as well Inshallaah.

  • Andrew on January 21, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Pakistan have technical deficiancies in their batting & they need help. Not sending Inzi (IMO) is a big mistake.