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Inzamam retained as captain

The announcement would be a bitter blow to Inzy's critics who had been blaming the batsman for the team's defeat against India in the ODI series.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 23:14 IST

Despite the one-day series loss to arch-rivals India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)on Saturdaykept faith in Inzamam-ul-Haq and retained him captain for the remaining half of the year.

The decision in which Younis Khan was also retained as vice-captain was taken at a board meeting held in Karachi.

The extension means Inzamam will be incharge of the Pakistan team for the forthcoming tours of Sri Lanka, England and India (for the ICC Champions Trophy), and for the home series against Zimbabwe and West Indies.

The announcement would be a bitter blow to Inzamam's critics who had been blaming the champion batsman for the team's defeat against India in the one-day series.

Some of them had demanded Inzamam's removal while some had proposed the appointment of Younis Khan as captain in the shorter version of the game.

"Naturally it is pleasing and satisfying when the establishment expresses confidence in you. I am happy with the extension and would continue my endeavor to transform this young and talented side into world beaters," Inzamam told.

Inzamam was first appointed as full-time Pakistan in October 2004 when he took over from Rashid Latif in the home one-day series against Bangladesh.

"I am not disappointed or demoralised with the criticism that I have faced. But the bottomline is that I am convinced that I tried my best but probably those efforts were not enough.

We have been winning for the last year or so but to lose like this can make anyone unhappy," Inzamam said, who captained Pakistan in 19 tests and 67 one-day internationals.

"Naturally there is always room for improvement and I also need to learn more about captaincy. I have a good team that is committed and determined to perform against any team and in any condition.

The tour to England would definitely be challenging and tough because England will be a tough team in their backyard, like they have always been.

"But we will give our best shot and not only in England, we will try to win every match we play at the international level so that by the time we arrive in the West Indies, we are in the best shape to regain the coveted title," Inzamam, a veteran of 107 tests and 355 one-dayers, said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 22:35 IST