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Inzy to skip matches to preserve fitness

"It is not a career threatening problem, but it can become a nuisance if not taken care properly," said the Pakistan skipper.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 19:20 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ulHaq will only make himself available for future matches on a selective basis after a recurring back problem forced him to miss the final Test in the home series against India.

"It is not a career threatening problem, but itcan become a nuisance if not taken care properly," Inzamam said on Thursday.

"In future, I will try to sit out on matches where possible."

The 35-year-old batsman, who has won 107 Test and 351 one-day caps, was unable to field on the last two days of the drawn second Test in Faisalabad and did not play at all in the series clinching victory in Karachi due to his back problem.

"I plan to sit out Test and one-day matches where nothing much is at stake and where I can take a rest in order to preserve myself for the more important games," he added.

"If we have won a series, I can rest in the final games and it gives us a chance to blood young players."

Inzamam confirmed his back injury had recovered and he was planning to play in the first of five one-dayers against India at Peshawar next Monday, but cautioned that if he wanted to continue through to the 2007 World Cup he had to take care of himself.

He also described the 1-0 Test series win over India as very satisfying even though he did not play in the deciding match that finished on Wednesday.

"We enjoyed a very good Test victory in Karachi," he said of the 341-run triumph.

"As a captain, I am very satisfied with the way the team fought back from a first-over hat-trick and 39 for six to win the match.

"We can't rest on our laurels after this performance and must approach the one-dayers with a killer instinct."

Pakistan are an improving side and after drawn tours in West Indies and India, have enjoyed home series victories over England and India in the past few months.

Inzamam, who was appointed captain in November 2003, credited the resurgence of his team to a consistent selection policy adopted in the last two years under coach Bob Woolmer.

"It is gratifying for me to see my players develop into a fighting and mature outfit in the last two and half years as they had faced a lot of criticism before then," he added.

"But I still believe we have a long way to go before laying claim to being the best.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 18:46 IST