Inzamam - Forget tour of Oz
Last Updated: 08/03/10 9:33pm
Inzamam: looking to the future
Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq insists Pakistan should look to put the disastrous recent tour of Australia behind them as soon as possible.
Pakistan endured a humiliating time Down Under, losing all three Tests, all five one-day internationals and the solitary Twenty20 international earlier this year.
However, while that dismal performance led to calls for a shake-up, Inzamam believes the team and nation would be best served by focusing on the future rather than dwelling on the negatives from Australia.
"What has happened in Australia is there before us, the results are there and the individual performances can be seen before our eyes," the 40-year-old told www.PakPassion.net.
"However, I believe that the Pakistan Cricket Board and players should not dwell on the negatives of this tour and instead build for the future.
"The tour is over, it's done and dusted, it's finished with, don't keep on thinking about the tour of Australia and looking at what went wrong. If they keep on thinking about this tour, then it can only cause more problems for cricket in Pakistan."
Inzamam believes Pakistan are more than capable of banishing the bad memories by retaining their World Twenty20 crown in the Caribbean in May and June and performing well on this summer's tour of England.
"Pakistan are a formidable 20-over team and they will be amongst the favourites for this tournament," he continued.
"They have a fine array of strokemakers and wicket-taking bowlers and I think they can retain the trophy.
"The summer tour of England is an ideal opportunity for the team to bounce back in Test cricket and play some good cricket against England and Australia. I am confident we will see some good performances in England from Pakistan.
"The combination for the tour of England has to be the right one. I would like to see some youngsters given an opportunity, but the selectors need to be careful that they don't discard experienced players and travel to England with an inexperienced group of players."