According to Junaid Khan, Imam, who was not a part of the T20 World Cup squad, used to sit on television and share his analysis. He also criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for permitting such behavior
Pakistan fast bowler, Junaid Khan, criticised Imam ul Haq for sharing unnecessary opinions during the recently-concluded New Zealand ODI series.
According to Junaid Khan, Imam, who was not a part of the T20 World Cup squad, used to sit on television and share his analysis. He also criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for permitting such behavior.
"When Imam wasn't a part of the World Cup squad, he used to sit on television and share his analysis, which in my opinion, is wrong - PCB shouldn't have permitted that. If Imam criticized anyone or pointed fingers at others, it would eventually impact the team's unity. But apparently, we are far away from acknowledging these factors", he said.
The left-arm pacer believes that it is not appropriate for a player who is not in a leadership position to give opinions about fellow players.
"Imam started giving his personal opinions even during pressers that Haris shouldn't play or not, likewise if Iftikhar should play or not. Neither he is captain nor a vice-captain - so how can he give opinions in the air like these?' he concluded.
Previously, during the post-match presentation in Karachi last week, Imam was asked if Pakistan need Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Haris in the middle-order to bolster power-hitting in the remaining two matches of New Zealand series.
“If I tell you honestly, I don’t think so, because we don’t have time to do experiments, and with Agha [Salman], Shadab [Khan] and [Mohammad] Nawaz, we have enough power-hitting in our ranks. We just need to give them confidence. Sometimes it is very different to come at number five or six and play only six or seven overs," Imam had said.
“We could have given chance to Haris and Iftikhar if we had more matches. That is what I think. Babar might think differently. We have only two matches left, so we need to go into a big event after giving full confidence to our players," he added.