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Pakistan fans will never accept me: Imam

The 23-year-old insists that he has made it into the Pakistan team through sheer hard work

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Pakistan opener Imamul Haq has opened up about the nepotism accusations often attributed with him because of his relation with the former Men in Green’s skipper Inzamamul Haq.

While speaking to the website ‘The Cricketer’, Imam rued the fact that he might never be able to change people’s perception about him.

“I don’t think it will change unfortunately,” said Imam. “The people will never accept me. That’s what I think.”

“I will be very pleased if people were to accept me as Imamul Haq and not as someone’s nephew,” he added.

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Imam insists that he has made it into the Pakistan team through sheer hard work and not through any shortcuts.

“People think he [Inzamam] instructed Mickey Arthur to select me'” he said. “People need to realize that we are living in a time where you can’t hide anything from the media. I won’t be in the team without my performance.”

“They don’t see that I’ve gone through the process. They only see that I’m a nephew of Inzamam and they believe that they have the right to criticise me,” he added.

The 23-year-old also revealed that he is very emotional about his teammates.

“I cry a lot when Pakistan lose. Its hurts me if people criticise Babar Azam or Mohammad Amir,” he said. “I know what we all go through to give our best for the team.”