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Kamran Akmal, a wicketkeeper and batsman, recently said that the experienced English bowler James Anderson would not have made the national squad if he had been from Pakistan because of his advanced age. 

He emphasized how, regardless of a player’s effectiveness on the field, the Pakistani team management would find a method to get rid of him once he reaches a particular age. He argued that organizations like England, in contrast, handle their veteran players with far greater respect. 

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James Anderson. Pic Credits: Twitter.

James Anderson Would Have Been Thrown Out Of The Team Long Ago If He Was Playing For Pakistan: Kamran Akmal

Following the Babar Azam-led team’s 26-run defeat in the second Test, Akmal made these comments on his YouTube channel. He stated: 

“Thank God Jimmy Anderson is not from Pakistan. He would have been thrown out of the team long ago, citing his age as the reason. The other teams think about their country. 

“However, we do not have such a system. We don’t think about the country but about individuals. Once a player gets old, we think of ways to remove him from the team.” 

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With eight wickets from the first two games of the current Test series, James Anderson, 40, has had a huge influence. The experienced player is now his side’s second-highest wicket-taker in the ongoing red-ball match. 

Nobody Is Talking About National Selectors: Kamran Akmal

Speaking on the painful defeat suffered by the home squad, Akmal predicted that Saud Shakeel’s contentious choice would receive all of the attention rather than the errors they made on the field. 

He said that, in addition to the selection committee’s evaluation, there has to be some reflection on the caliber of the country’s domestic cricket. Akmal clarified: 

“Everyone is going to talk about Saud Shakeel’s controversial dismissal, but nobody will talk about the performances. Nobody is going to talk about national selectors or the state of Pakistan’s domestic cricket.” 

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Babar Azam’s side is officially out of the running to get to the 2023 World Test Championship final The third Test, which starts on December 17 in Karachi, would be the last opportunity for the hosts to recover some pride by putting up a stronger performance. 

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