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Inzimam gives good news to Muhammad Hafeez

LAHORE: National chief selector Inzamam ul Haq on Saturday stated that former Pakistan captain and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez might be brought back into the team if the need be.

“We can bring Hafeez back into the team if we need him,” said the 46-year-old while talking to media in Karachi.

Pakistan is currently on a tour to New Zealand for a two-Test series where they are close to a defeat in the first match after two batting collapses.

Inzamam, in response to a question regarding Pakistan dismal performance at Christchurch, said: “We were hoping for a good performance from the team but they couldn’t deliver. However, the New Zealand wickets are different and we should give some time to the team to adjust.”

Pakistan, who only could get a 62-run lead over Black Caps at the end of the third day after losing 7 wickets, would need to stretch the lead to 150 if they are to give their bowlers any chance to defend.

Asad Shafique and Sohail Khan will resume the play for Pakistan on fourth morning.

Earlier, after the end of the third day, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur also expressed hope that his team might be able to turn the game in their favour.

 “We’ve been out-played so far,” said Arthur, but he refused to concede defeat saying they would not need many more runs to set up a tight finish.

“We feel that with a 150-170 [lead on the board], we could have a real chance because there’s still enough in the wicket.”