Pakistani batsman Imam-ul-Haq believes he has been a victim of nepotism and wants the people to accept him.
The 23-year-old who is the nephew of former Pakistan captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq told The Cricketer, that he fears he won’t be able to change people’s perception towards him.
“I don’t think it will change, unfortunately,” Imam said. “People will never accept me. That’s what I think. I will be very pleased if people were to accept me as Imam-ul-Haq and not as someone’s nephew.”
He added, “People think he [Inzamam] instructed Mickey Arthur to select me. They forget that we are living in 2019, where the media is everywhere. I can’t be here without my performances. I would be exposed in two minutes.”
Imam added, “They don’t see that I’ve gone through the process. But they see that I’m a nephew of Inzamam and they believe that they have the right to bash me.”
The 23-year-old continued, “Inzamam is a legend of Pakistani cricket, People don’t understand – why would he take a chance on me? He has the biggest reputation in Pakistan – he is a legend and a superstar. Why would he take that chance on a young guy if he’s not talented? Why would he take that risk? It’s not me. It’s about him. He’s the biggest star of Pakistani cricket. Why would he change that reputation?”
“They don’t think that when I have two failures in a row, I have a hell of a lot of pressure. Other players are under pressure, but my pressure is immense. After two failures, I know that people will forget everything that I have done for Pakistan,” he added.