LAHORE - Making a comeback to game, former Pakistan captain and batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq has agreed to head the selection committee of the Lahore City Cricket Association.

The LCCA will select the regional under-19 teams for the upcoming domestic season. "Inzamam's agreeing to accept our offer is really good for Lahore cricket because we need players of his calibre to work with us to scout out new talent," LCCA president Javed Ali said.

Inzamam retired in 2007 and since then has kept away from mainstream cricket although he has appeared as an expert during the 2011 World Cup. He recently played in a club match in which his 12-year old son, Ibtisam also appeared with the father-son duo opening the innings.

Javed said Inzamam had been given the responsibility of selecting the Lahore under-19 teams. "He has full authority to pick the players he thinks are best for Lahore. We trust his judgement," he said. Inzamam since his retirement has spent most of his time in promoting his business or in religious activities. He goes on preaching tours for long periods.

Meanwhile, Pakistan former captain Inzamam-ul-haq on Saturday advised the teenagers to value the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, using it as a medium to succeed further in the game. The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup will be staged in Queensland, Australia, from August 11 to 26.

Inzamam advised the teenagers to value this tournament and make it count." My advice to these players will be to avail this opportunity and make maximum use of it. And if they succeed in Australia, then sky is the limited for them," Inzamam said.

Inzamam had a modest ICC U-19 CWC in 1988 when he managed scores of 33 v ICC Associates XI, five each v Sri Lanka and West Indies, 39 v India, 43 not out v New Zealand, nine v England, 25 v Australia, 27 v West Indies (in semi-final) and 37 v Australia (in final). But he retired in 2007 after 16 years of international cricket after scoring 8,830 Test runs (average 49.6) and 11,739 ODI runs (average 39.52).

Talking about his U-19 World Cup Inzamam said the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup was the right opportunity for him at the right time. "It helped me a lot to understand where I stood in my age group and what I need to do if I was keen to pursue my career in cricket," Inzamam said, who captained Pakistan in 31 Tests, 87 ODIs and one T20I.

Inzamam said the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is an event where opportunity meets talent. "Cricketers of the same age group from around the world get together to compete for the biggest prize in that category."

"If you have talent, then this is the event from where you can only get better and make a name for yourself," Inzamam said.

Inzamam said until the last ball is bowled in the U-19 WC, the players should think nothing but cricket.

"I hope some of the cricketers from the ICC U-19 World Cup 2012 will return to Australia for the ICC World Cup 2015. "I have no doubt that a lot of coaches will be following this mega event (U-19 WC) and I am sure that a number of players, who will excel in the tournament will get preference over players who may be equal in talent but may not have the experience of playing in Australia when teams are finalized for the ICC WC 2015.