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Inzamam ignores trip to Australia
Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam is not hopeful of winning any ICC awards this year
The fitness of Pakistan's cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is more important than his inclusion in the World XI, says the cricket board.

Inzamam has decided not to travel to Australia for the captains conference and the ICC Annual Awards.

So he is unlikely to be in a position to take a place in the Super Series against Australia, if either Sachin Tendulkar or Herschelle Gibbs drop out.

Inzamam says the time can be used to prepare for the series against England.

The England team is scheduled to start its Pakistan tour in October this year.

The Pakistan cricket board president, Shaharyar Khan, says that even if Inzamam is included in the World XI side, he should not take the long flight to Australia because it may aggravate his back problem which has bothered him for some time now.

"The decision of Inzamam playing in the World XI will always be his," Mr Khan told the BBC.

Inzamam, who averages over 50 in ODIs and 94.67 in Tests this year, has been nominated for Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year awards.

He has reportedly said that though it was a honour for him to be nominated for the awards he was unlikely to win any.

Earlier, the 35-year-old captain's omission from the World XI was criticised by former Pakistani cricketers who said his current form and record should have easily brought him a place in the side for the Test and the one-dayers.

England won the Test series last time they toured Pakistan five years ago, with Pakistan winning the one-day series.


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