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Inzamam backs WC format, says it will provide level playing field

KARACHI: Inzamam-ul-Haq feels the "single group of 10 teams" structure of the impending ICC ODI World Cup will be beneficial for all competing nations, especially an "inconsistent" aspect like Pakistan.

According to the structure of the mega-event to be held in England, there is a single staff of 10 groups with every enjoying the other 9 aspects, and the highest 4 groups progressing to the knockout stages.

And Pakistan's chief selector Inzamam stated the structure offers a good chance to all groups to show their value and make a comeback even after a bad start to the match.

"I totally support this format because all other playing formats tried by the ICC have not been very successful. I remember in the 2007 World Cup we had one bad day against Ireland and we had to exit the event in the West Indies," Inzamam told PTI on Saturday.

"In the single group format where each team plays against the other, it gives a chance to the established outfits to make a comeback if they falter in the early games. I think this format will suit Pakistan a lot because of our tendency to be inconsistent."

Inzamam used to be just making his mark within the Pakistan workforce when it won the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand which used to be held on a single staff structure.

And within the ill-fated 2007 World Cup, Inzamam used to be the captain and broke down into tears after Pakistan's early go out following loss to Ireland.

The former captain and veteran of 120 Tests further stated that he is very constructive about Pakistan's possibilities within the World Cup which begins from May 31.

"We have a good blend of players and if our batting struggles a bit we have the bowling attack to back them at all times," Inzamam stated.

He additionally feels that there will be no room for complacency for any workforce within the game's showpiece occasion.

"You can't take Afghanistan lightly and you have to be as charged up as you would be against say Australia," Inzamam stated.

Inzamam additionally defended the workforce control's decision to relaxation regular skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and 5 different regular avid gamers for the impending ODI series in opposition to Australia within the UAE.

"We are looking to fill in a batting spot. We want someone in the number five and six positions who can push the scoring rate. But the fact is we just feel Sarfaraz needed proper rest before the World Cup and he remains our captain for the World Cup," he stated.

"Similarly the other players who have been rested have performed for us for a while now and we have no intentions to just drop them like that for the mega-event."

Asked about his decision to choose his nephew, Imam-ul-Haq within the workforce for the Australia series, Inzamam stated: "He is my nephew but he is also a good batsman and he is proving himself now in international cricket. But there was never any favouritism or nepotism involved in my mind when the selectors picked him."

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