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Uncertain future awaits Inzamam

Pakistan’s captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has so far refused to speculate about his or the team’s future, after Pakistan crashed out of the World Cup following a stunning defeat to Ireland. Pakistan conceded their second straight defeat in the competition, after they lost by 54 runs in the World Cup opener against hosts West Indies last Tuesday.

I have not had time to think about my future. I have other things on my mind right now. There are bound to be changes, but I do not know what they might be,” Inzamam said in a press conference after his team’s shocking three-wicket defeat.

Pakistan’s defeat has drawn fiery criticism at home, with reports suggesting that Pakistan Cricket Board chief Nasim Ashraf will soon be out of a job and will be replaced by yet another Chairman. Inzamam, playing in his fifth World Cup and a member of the side that won the 1992 title, admitted his side is likely to receive a lukewarm welcome on their return home.

“As far as a reception at home is concerned, I don’t think we will have a welcome reception,” he said.

Inzamam also praised Ireland for playing so competitively and silencing the critics that felt ICC Associate sides had no place in the World Cup.

You are always under a lot of pressure when playing these countries because they really have nothing to lose. But I feel these countries should be coming out and playing in order to spread cricket all over the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, the World Cup organisers rubbed salt into the wounds of Pakistan on Saturday by fining them for slow play following their shock three-wicket defeat by Ireland that has eliminated them from the tournament. International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad imposed the fines after Inzamam’s side was ruled to be four overs short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration, a statement said.

As captain, Inzamam was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for the breach — the minimum amount allowable for the offence — as well as a further 40 per cent of his match fee for the shortfall.

That latter fine comes about because, under ICC rules, the captain is automatically fined 10 per cent of his match fee for every over his side fails to bowl in the time allocated. The other players are each fined five per cent of their match fees for every over and so Inzamam’s team mates were each 20 per cent out of pocket following the match.

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