Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal. (Photo: Twitter)

Despite Pakistan’s success in international cricket across all formats, senior cricketer Kamran Akmal is still unhappy with the country’s current domestic structure.

He believes that the elimination of departmental cricket was a mistake for which he blames the Pakistan Cricket Board and former prime minister and captain Imran Khan.

Ramiz Raja
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

Veteran Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal is not the first person to blame the nation’s discontinuation of department cricket, which has halted the rise of many excellent cricketers.

Ramiz Raja and Imran Khan. Photo- PSL
Ramiz Raja and Imran Khan. Photo- PSL

“Unfortunately, excessive experimenting by the Pakistan Cricket Board and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has left the Pakistani cricket system in poor shape. This significantly hurt Pakistani cricket,” Akmal stated in an interview with Samaa TV.

‘Babar Azam has only led Pakistan for around a year’: Kamran Akmal

Akmal also discussed the current Pakistani team, stating that it would be premature to assess Babar Azam’s leadership abilities before stating that the squad needs match-winners.

“It is too soon. Babar Azam is young and has only been in charge of Pakistan for about a year,” Kamran Akmal remarked.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

“The team Pakistan had eight to 10 years ago no longer exists. In the past, we had five to six match-winners,” Akmal continued.

The next two Test matches for the Pakistan cricket team will be in Sri Lanka. The first game will take place on July 16 in Galle, and the second one will begin on July 24 in Colombo. A three-match ODI series against the Netherlands will follow, and after that, they will travel to Australia for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

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