Senior Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has come up with an exciting idea: that the BCCI and the ECB could indeed plan a limited-overs series to run in parallel with the Test series between India and England starting next month.
This statement is a testament to the strength in depth of the two cricketing nations. A second-string Indian team recently defeated Sri Lanka in the ODI series; a second-string England side defeated Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series earlier in the month after the first-choice players were forced in quarantine following the covid-19 outbreak in the camp.
Kamran Akmal marvels over the immense talent pool both the teams have, especially in white-ball cricket. Pondering further over his suggestion, the wicketkeeper said the players will get more exposure and will become more confident if they play international cricket.
“The way this new-look Indian team has performed has been simply outstanding. The ECB and the BCCI must now think about doing a white ball series in parallel to the Test series. They have the ability to make two teams each and can play white-ball cricket with some other country. This will give the players confidence and experience at international level,” Kamran Akmal said in his YouTube video.
There are so many injury concerns in the Indian camp in England: Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal expressed his concern over the Indian camp being hit by a plethora of injuries even before the Test series had commenced.
Shubman Gill has already been ruled out of the series due to a shin injury and has returned back home; Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar also sustained injuries during the warm-up match. Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane are also recovering from a stiff back and swelling in the left hamstring respectively and thus both missed the warm-up match. The first Test starts on 4th August at Trent Bridge.
“There so many injury concerns in the Indian camp that is preparing for the England series. First Shubman Gill was injured, then Sundar got injured. Skipper Kohli had a stiff back and it will be interesting to see whether he sits out of the first Test. Rahane has a hamstring issue to so without these 2-3 players, things might get difficult for India,” the wicketkeeper concluded.