Contract with ACB not extended, says Inzamam
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Ex-Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq has spurned reports regarding his contract extension till 2017 as head coach of the Afghan cricket squad.
Last month, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) hinted at renewing its contract with Inzamamul Haq, saying the two sides 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 for the one-day international (ODI) and T20 series against Zimbabwe.
Under his tutelage, Afghanistan created history by clinching the landmark five-ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe. The visitors emerged as the first-ever associate nation to outplay a Test-playing country.
The appointment of Inzamam, widely regarded as one of the greatest Pakistani batsmen, had been approved by the International Cricket Council and board officials.
But a Pakistani newspaper on Thursday quoted Haq as denying any extension in his contract with the Afghan team. He said had accepted only a 25-day role to coach Afghanistan on their tour of Zimbabwe.
He told The Express Tribune the Afghanistan board had been pursuing him for two years before he finally agreed to coach the team for the Zimbabwe series.
Haq characterised the Afghan cricketers as aggressive and passionate, saying his focus had been on teaching them on how to use their passion in the right way.
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