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How cricket blurred the borders

December 31, 2015 08:47 IST

Inzamam-ul-Haq ‘enjoys’ working with Manoj Prabhakar


IMAGE: Afghanistan’s coach Inzamam-ul-Haq with Manoj Prabhakar during a training session. Photograph: Courtesy Afghanistan Cricket Board/Facebook

Their nations are still not engaging in bilateral cricketing ties but former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is ‘enjoying the experience of working with former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar’ as a part of the coaching staff in the Afghanistan cricket team.

While Inzamam joined the Afghanistan team as head coach three months back Prabhakar has also signed on as bowling coach of the Afghanistan outfit.

Since Inzamam took charge Afghanistan has beaten Zimbabwe in a limited over series in Zimbabwe and lead a five match series 2-0 presently in Sharjah.


IMAGE: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, left, chats as former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar, right, is seated with the players. Photograph: Courtesy Afghanistan Cricket Board/Facebook

"It is a different experience for us (him and Prabhakar) given the cricket rivalry associated with Pakistan and India. No one would expect a Pakistani and Indian to be working on the coaching staff of an international team," Inzamam said from Sharjah.

"But I am enjoying this experience because despite all the issues surrounding relations and cricket matters Pakistan and Indian players have lot in common," Inzamam said.

He said Prabhakar had made a difference to the team and was strong in his core coaching area.

He said Prabhakar's inclusion was also helpful since the Afghanistan team now held their home training camps in Noida near New Delhi instead of Sharjah.