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Akmal hurt and heartbroken over T20 snub


After being overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal on Friday (January 17) said he is hurt and heartbroken.

Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal says he is hurt and heartbroken.

Akmal failed to make the national squad for the three-match 20-over format series against Pakistan, as chief selector and head coach retained Mohammad Rizwan, who replaced former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the wicket-keeping department.

Akmal chose the social media platform Twitter to express his disappointment, as he wrote: “[I am ]hurt and heartbroken for not being considered for the team. I have really worked hard.”

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Having said that, Akmal also voed to not give up. He was determined to work even harder, and thanked everyone for supporting him.

It is to be noted that Akmal has been in great touch with the bat of late in Pakistan’s domestic cricket structure. He was the second-highest score in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019, with 906 runs at an average of 60.40 to his name.

However, his record in the National T20 Cup in October was quite frustrating, and perhaps that was the main reason to snub him. In four matches of the tournament, he scored a total of 30 runs — 26 of which came in a single outing.

Meanwhile, tainted Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt on Friday took a jibe at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the drop out of Akmal.

He wrote on Twitter to Akmal, “Still not used to it ??? Fun apart keep doing the good things keep ur standard high keep the fire in Urself iA ALLAH will reward.”

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