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Last Updated: Friday, 23 January, 2004, 14:25 GMT
Pakistan commit to Inzamam
Inzamam has captained Pakistan in four Tests, winning once
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will lead the side for the entirety of 2004.

The Pakistan Cricket Board made the announcement on Friday in a remarkable show of faith.

The 33-year-old was appointed last September, leading Pakistan to a Test series win in New Zealand last month.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said: "Inzamam led the team well in New Zealand and is showing improvement in his leadership qualities. He enjoys great respect amongst his team."

He added: "It is a well thought decision taken in consultation with chief executive Ramiz Raja and chairman of selectors Wasim Bari.

"The PCB is optimistic that under his leadership, the Pakistan cricket team will continue to make upward progress."

The Pakistan dressing room has been far from settled in recent times.

Inzamam, a 91-Test veteran with 6,680 runs, is the team's third captain in the past year following the resignations of Waqar Younis and Rashid Latif.

Waqar was one of several senior players dumped from the side after Pakistan's poor World Cup campaign.

Latif's tumultuous tenure was marked by indiscipline and disputes with Aamir Sohail, the chairman of selectors who resigned recently after meeting opposition from Shaharyar.

Inzamam said: "I am honored to have been awarded the job to lead Pakistan this year.

"My recent experiences have given me valuable insight into the characteristics to be a successful leader.

"I have learned a lot while playing under brilliant captains like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis. I believe now I am well equipped to take on what is one of the most prestigious jobs in Pakistan sport.

"To me, every series this year will be equally important. But naturally, there will be more focus on the forthcoming series against India."

India will tour Pakistan for the first in 14 years in March, taking in three Tests and five one-dayers over six weeks.

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