Inzy desires to follow Yousuf's suit

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Lahore, Oct 4 (UNI) Taking the lead from Mohammad Yousuf's return to the Pakistan national side, former captain Inzamam-ul Haq has also expressed his desire to play for the country once again.

Inzamam, who has sided with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) causing much heartburn between him and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is now trying to mend ways.

Talking to reporters at the Wapda Sports Complex, Inzamam said his priority is to play for the country for another couple of years but it is entirely upon the discretion of the national selection committee and the board, adding that he is now fit to play Test cricket for Pakiatan if given a chance.

He however, clarified that if he is overlooked by the wisemen then he would return back to the ICL fold.

''I want to play for Pakistan but if I am not given a chance then I will play for the ICL,'' Inzamam said.

He also informed that he has conveyed to the PCB about his availability for the second Test match, but as far as his retirement plans from all version of the game is concerned, he is yet to made up his mind.

''I will decide about my retirement from the Test matches in a couple of days most probably before the Lahore Test match and announce it at the right time,'' he said.

The 37-year-old batsman, who has scored 8,813 runs in 119 Tests, already quit ODI's and resigned from both Test and ODI captaincy following the national side's Caribbean World Cup fiasco.

However, the burly batsman joined the breakaway league after the selection committee gave him a cold shoulder while picking the team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in last May.

Interestingly, the PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf had earlier said not to consider players who have switched loyalties with the beleaguered league for the national team, but made an exception for run machine Mohammad Yousuf while convincing the talismanic player to leave the ICL fold.

The PCB insiders also confirmed that the board has decided to give Inzamam a chance in the Lahore Test to give him a respectable sendoff with a cash award.


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