Kamran Akmal slams PCB while defending Umar Akmal
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal feels that country’s cricket establishment has failed to handle a talented batsman like his younger brother, Umar Akmal.
Umar Akmal is presently having a three-year ban from all formats of cricket for not reporting spot-fixing approaches. Although, he has appealed with an independent tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board against the decision.But The date of the hearing has been decided yet.
“Off the field activities are nothing new in Pakistan cricket. Team management and captain should know how to deal with such players. Look at the way Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq) handled Shoaib (Akhtar), (Mohammad) Asif and Shahid (Afridi). If the same was done with Umar Akmal, things would have turned out differently,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan website.
Kamran also expressed his dissatisfaction for being kept out of the national team despite good performances in domestic league.
“I have been performing in domestic cricket and PSL (Pakistan Super League) during the last five years but despite that I have not been given a chance to play for Pakistan,” he said.
“In the recent past, a couple of coaches did not like me which is why I remained on the sidelines.
“It’s unfair to keep me out of the Test and T20I side, especially, because I can play solely as a batsman. If Matthew Wade can make a comeback with an average of 18-20, why not me who averages nearly 60,” he added.
Kamran has a successful career in the national team spanning 53 Tests, 157 ODIs and 58 T20s. He last played for Pakistan in 2017 in the West Indies.
Kamran also urged the selectors to pick players on the basis of performances in domestic cricket rather than just the PSL.
“Players are selected on performance in PSL, while those who have been doing well in domestic cricket are ignored. That’s not how you make good teams,” he said.
“If India started doing this, they would have the entire team selected from IPL.
“Tournaments like IPL and PSL are good for exposure and confidence but the performances that count come from four-day cricket,” he concluded.