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Last Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
Inzamam rejects captaincy critics
Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam has retired from one-day international cricket
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has defended his reputation after being blamed for the team's poor performance at the World Cup.

"Why was I not branded a dictator and autocratic when Pakistan was winning matches under my captaincy?

"The irony is I was always known as a soft spoken and easy man," he said.

Inzamam was criticised by Ijaz Butt, who chaired a committee convened by the cricket board to look into the reasons for the team's first round exit.

He accused the 37-year-old, who led Pakistan in 31 Tests and 86 one-day internationals, of a "haughty" attitude and "poor leadership".

But Inzamam responded: "All the gentlemen on this probe committee are my elders and I respect them, but the truth is that none of them have any experience of captaincy.

"Unfortunately, in Pakistan cricket, after every defeat these sort of accusations are made.

"I am sad that after serving Pakistan cricket for so long the committee has heaped all the blame on me for the poor World Cup showing."

Despite the committee's findings, Inzamam still hopes to continue his Test career.

"It is up to the selectors to decide about my form and fitness. I still feel I have a lot to give to Pakistan cricket," he said.

All-rounder Shoaib Malik has succeeded Inzamam as captain since the World Cup, but the Pakistan Cricket Board is still seeking a new coach for the national team following Bob Woolmer's death in the Caribbean.

Pakistan have a busy year ahead with home series against South Africa and Australia either side of a tour to India.

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