(REUTERS) – Inzamam-ul-Haq yesterday announced his decision to step down as Pakistan’s chief selector when his contract expires on July 31.Former Pakistan captain Inzamam, who was appointed to the role in April 2016, oversaw a period which included Pakistan’s victory in the Champions Trophy two years ago.Inzamam’s final assignment was to select the Pakistan squad for the World Cup, where the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led team finished fifth in the group stage and failed to qualify for the semi-finals.“After more than three years as chair of the Pakistan men’s selection committee, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract,” the 49-year-old Inzamam said in a statement.“With the ICC World Test Championship, due to get underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring new ideas and fresh thinking.”During Inzamam’s tenure, players such as Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Usman Shinwari made their international debuts, while Babar Azam established himself as Pakistan’s batting mainstay across all three formats of the game.“It has been a pleasure to see these players grow and make names for themselves in international cricket,” Inzamam added.“I will follow their progress with interest because I firmly believe these players have all the ingredients to take Pakistan cricket team to greater heights.”
The preparations of FK ‘‘Sarajevo’’ have begun with a meeting of all football players at the stadium ”Asim Ferhatović Hase” in Sarajevo. The coach, Dragan Jović invited 25 players, out of which 24 came to the first training session and meeting. Ivan Tatomirović was excused from the meeting but he will join the players soon.Jović presented the new player of FK ”Sarajevo” Amer Osmanagić, who previously played for FK ”Velež”. The coach of this team said that the team will stay in Sarajevo till the 28th of January, when they will go to Međugorje. After Međugorje, the teams will go to Opatija, where they will stay until the 20th of February. Jović also commented the recent very turbulent period when several football players transferred to other teams.“Many players transferred to other teams, but we made an effort to bring as many good players to the team. One of them is Osmanagić who can replace Husejinović. I know Osmanagić since the time when he played for ”Velež” and I believe that he will work hard and play good for the team. Besides that, we also have contacted four or five more players and I claim that we will be in better shape in the spring that we were previous autumn.”- said Jović.