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Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Inzamam-ul-Haq.

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is still coming to terms with the sudden death of coach Bob Woolmer during the World Cup and his country’s dismal showing in the Caribbean.

“It does not matter how we worked together. But Bob, despite facing so many fitness problems with the bowlers, managed to gel together a young side and turn them into professionals,” Inzamam told Reuters in an interview.

“He had time for the players at any hour of the day. Due to him, the players should have no problems adjusting to new coach Geoff Lawson.”

The veteran of 119 Tests (8,813 runs) and 378 one-day internationals added that his decision to retire from the shorter version of the game and quit Test captaincy was a spur of the moment one.

“I had not thought about retirement for long. It was just something I had to do at the lowest point in my cricket career,” he said.

“I am confident about my form and fitness and getting to 10,000 Test runs is not just an ambition but a real possibility for me.”

Inzamam may join ICL

Inzamam said on Monday he was set to join the Indian Cricket League (ICL), a multi-million-dollar breakaway cricket series in India, as officials warned it could end his Test career.

Inzamam said he was in talks with the organisers of the ICL. The series is being promoted by Zee Telefilms.

“I was contacted by the ICL people when I was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last week and since I am not under a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) contract I see it as an opportunity,” Inzamam said. — Agencies

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