Not my fault that I'm In­za­mam’s nephew: Imam-ul-Haq

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DUBAI: Pak­istan open­ing bats­man Imam-ul-Haq is no stranger to be­ing called out for nepo­tism.

The nephew of Pak­istani chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam-ulHaq, Imam is of­ten in the news for be­ing re­lated to the chief se­lec­tor than his achieve­ments on the field.

“I con­fess the me­dia un­nec­es­sar­ily crit­i­cises me, but I have si­lenced them with my per­for­mance be­fore and will con­tinue to do so,” he said.

The 22-year-old who is part of the na­tional squad that will take part in the up­com­ing Asia Cup said, “When I scored a dou­ble cen­tury in the fi­nal for HBL, the me­dia wasn't on my side. When I scored for Pak­istan A against Bangladesh, the me­dia was nowhere. When I was se­lected for the na­tional team, I was called In­za­mam’s nephew. When I scored my first cen­tury it was called a chance.”

“When I helped the team win the Test match against Ire­land in Dublin, the me­dia didn’t say any­thing. When I scored three cen­turies against Zim­babwe, I was told not to make a big deal about it be­cause Zim­babwe is weaker side,” the opener said.

The bats­man fur­ther said, “I want to have a mem­o­rable Asia Cup where peo­ple will re­mem­ber me for my per­for­mance.”

How­ever, the open­ing bats­man said, "Be­ing re­lated to a high pro­file crick­et­ing per­son­al­ity has been dam­ag­ing for him."

“I scored 110, 113, 0, 44 and 128 against Zim­babwe, but no one ap­pre­ci­ated my per­for­mance. The crit­i­cism has only made me stronger and I will per­form well in the Asia Cup,” he added.

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