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Inzy to lead team in SA, World Cup: PCB

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 19:22 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday retained Inzamam-ul-Haq as the captain for the team's upcoming tour of South Africa and the next year's World Cup tournament in the West Indies.

PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf said Inzamam had been rewarded for his ability to bring out the best in the team and to have continuity in the team.

"I can tell you six weeks back the team's internal dynamics were not right. But since than Inzamam has brought about a welcome change for the better," Ashraf said.

Inzamam, who served a four-match ODI after first-ever forfeiture in the Test history at the Oval, was out-of-form after a string of poor scores in the ODI series against the West Indies, creating doubts about his captainship for the World Cup.

But he came back into form with a 50 in the final Test against the West Indies in Karachi after a couple of decent scores in the ODIs leading the team to both Tests and ODIs victories.

"I think Inzamam has handled the team well in the given circumstances and the criticism, and has shown he has the maturity and leadership qualities to be the captain in the World Cup," Ashraf said.

He said it was important for the team to have self-belief to win the World Cup.

Inzamam has led Pakistan in 28 Tests and 82 one-day internationals in the last three years.