Pakistan’s left-handed batsman Imam-ul-Haq came forward to discuss about how he received accusations of nepotism despite giving solid performances.
Fans have often accused Imam of receiving favours in the game due to his family legacy in the sport as he is the nephew of former Pakistan captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
“I used to face problems at first because everyone expected me to perform well,” the batsman said. “They use to associate me with my uncle and wanted me to play the same way as he did.”
Imam-ul-Haq said that the situation became problematic when his uncle appointed chief selector during the same season when I scored 890 runs in first-class cricket.
“You can call it my good luck or his misfortune that I was in the top five run-getters in the very same season of his appointment,” he added.
“Everyone I knew was happy for my selection but the media started to target me for nepotism. I wondered why I was being targeted as I had played so well,” he said.
“I did not play for Pakistan and I was being discussed more than those players who were in the team at that time,” Imam-ul-Haq added.
The batsman went on to say that he was on his toes to play well as he knew he would be criticized even more if he failed to perform in a single innings or match.