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Sarfraz baying for Inzamam's blood

February 06, 2005 20:00 IST

Former Pakistani fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has said skipper Inzamam-ul Haq should be sacked right away, as he was "neither physically fit nor mentally sharp" to lead the team.

"If PCB wants to run the team affairs in a more effective way, it should work on appointing a new captain for the India series," said the bowler who is often in news because of his controversial statements.

Sarfraz also said Pakistan Cricket Board should ask its Indian counterpart to appoint a "neutral curator" for the series beginning later this month.

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"When India came to Pakistan last year, Pakistan hired a foreign curator and he prepared all the pitches for the series. The same standards should be applied for the away series," he was quoted as saying in local daily 'The News'.

He said PCB should also insist on only neutral umpires for the one-day series in India.

Sarfraz defended fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar saying Inzamam and the team management were "wrongly targeting the bowler".

The former player also claimed he had offered PCB to coach the bowlers free of cost ahead of the India tour.

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