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PCB will not replace Inzamam in WC

The Board said that it had full faith in the leadership capabilities of the Multan giant and will not replace him as captain for the World Cup 2007.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 11:11 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board has moved to scotch speculation that Inzamam-ul Haq could be replaced as captain for the 2007 World Cup, saying it had full faith in the leadership capabilities of the Multan giant.

"Inzamam remains our first choice captain for the World Cup, there shouldn't be any doubt about that," PCB Director of Board Operations Abbas Zaidi said.

"The captain is a great cricketer and is leading the team by example. Each and every national team player supports Inzamam as the captain. All of them respect him and look towards him for inspiration.

"This is the reason why there is complete harmony within the team," Zaidi said.

While the PCB has complete faith in Inzamam, a few former Test cricketers have suggested Pakistan should go for a change at the top considering the demanding nature of the World Cup, a contest where the bulky 36-year-old might not be fit enough to captain the former champions in a successful manner.

Zaidi refrained to comment on the issue of Inzamam's fitness saying it was up to the player to decide whether he can go on playing competitive cricket at the highest level.

"Cricket is a very high-profile sport and an elite player will only remain in it if he is fit enough."