Inzamam and the captaincy issue
Pakistan cricket has once again been thrown into turmoil with the most recent proceedings; an early exit from the world cup; murder of their coach; resignation of their captain; resignation of their board head honcho. All this started from the Oval fiasco where once again we made complete fools of ourselves all thanks to the higher authorities. Recently, the travails of this travesty known as Pakistan Cricket have been focused on the former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has come under extreme fire for the poor showing, and why not, he is the captain if he enjoys the successes then he should be ready to shoulder the blame, and in this department he has been very honourable as he has willingly shouldered the blame for Pakistan's poor showing at the mega cricketing fixture. Quite unlike of his predecessers. Back to his resignation though which is the real reason for this post (forgive my ramblings), and my attention was brought to it when I was viewing a poll conducted by GEO Sports TV. Nearly 90% of the Pakistani's felt that Inzamam should come back to the one day team and the rest felt he shouldn't make a come back.
That's a staggering amount and I am sure there has been some rigging as is the wont of this part of the world, but even misappropriations aside, I think that Inzamam should stay out and stick by his initial decision. He will be remembered as the first Pakistani to actually stand down at his peak and not be thrown out unceremoniously. But not only that I think that it is time to face the problem now and not later of filling up his boots with someone worthy and him leaving a spot open in the one day team is a good way to begin with. Have the new kid prove himself there and then take him to the test team if he can handle himself. I think that would be better for the team in the long run rather than to have him stay and when the time comes the team gets thrown into disarray once again. His recent form, like Tendulkar's, has been very poor in the shorter game and this was a good time to call it quits. If he comes back then he would be really lacking in self-respect, I am sure he is confident in his ability as are the millions who think he can do the job if he comes back, but he is not the same. Pakistani's have a way of clinging onto the past and not letting go and they feel secure in that knowledge but would not dare step outside their comfort zone and so too the people think that if they have Inzamam stay then their chances of success will increase and they are not willing to risk losing a few for having a new kid come in and fit in with the longer plan.