Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, who has been out of the national selectors’ radar for quite some time now, continues to score the bulk of runs in the domestic cricket. Akmal recently slammed his 31st first-class century as he guided Central Punjab to 369 for 5 on the first day of their match against Nothern in Faisalabad.
Akmal shared a century partnership with Azhar which helped Central Punjab revive their innings and take them to a strong position in the contest. Azhar, not out on 110, struck eight fours while Kamran Akmal hit 12 fours and four sixes in his 170-ball 157-run knock before getting out off Nauman Ali’s bowling.
With the century, the wicket-keeper batsman leapfrogged renowned wicket-keepers – MS Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist. Akmal went past former Australia wicket-keeper’s record of 29 first-class centuries. Akmal currently occupies the second spot with 31 tons after former England wicket-keeper Les Ames, who has 56 hundreds to his name.
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Meanwhile, Kamran Akmal, who last played for Pakistan in 2017 has been critical of Pakistan Cricket Board. He recently slammed the governing body for their poor run in the World Cup and premature exit in the competition.
The veteran cricketer called for a removal of the entire support staffs after a poor World Cup campaign. PCB removed their entire coaching panel and appointed former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as the head coach and the chief selector. Another former cricketer Waqar Younis will assist Misbah as the bowling coach.
Kamran Akmal has represented Pakistan in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is scoring over 6000 international runs. He last played against West Indies in an ODI in 2017.