ACB hints at long-term coaching contract with Inzamamul Haq
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Monday hinted at renewing its contract with former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq as head coach for the national team.
They had negotiated with Haq on all aspects of his new contract and had reached a broad agreement in this regard, ACB Chairman Nasimullah Danish wrote on his Facebook page.
A long-term contract would be signed soon with the legendary former cricketer, who was appointed as chief coach of the national team for the one-day international (ODI) series against Zimbabwe.
Under his tutelage, Afghanistan created history by clinching the landmark five-ODI) series against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday. The visitors emerged as the first-ever associate nation to outplay a Test-playing country.
The appointment of Haq, widely regarded as one of the greatest Pakistani batsmen, had been approved by the International Cricket Council and board officials.
Born in March 1970, the swashbuckling batsmen has been a leading run-scorer for Pakistan in one-day matches and the third-highest scorer for his country in Test cricket after Younis Khan Javed Miandad. He captained the Pakistan cricket team from 2003 to 2007.
He rose to fame in the semi-final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, in which he scored 60 off 37 balls against a formidable New Zealand side. His strong batting performance also propelled Pakistan to victory in the final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Cricket expert Zarab Shah Zaheer, meanwhile, acknowledged Haq had coached the national team in a professional way for the Zimbabwe tour. The chief coach’s role was illustrated by the result, he said.
Haq has been able to rectify to a large extent Afghan cricketers’ batting flaws, according to Zaheer, who hoped a long-term contract with the Pakistani would enable the team to overcome all its weaknesses.
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