Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal played his last match for Pakistan more than two years ago. Owing to his inconsistent performances in international cricket and diminishing keeping abilities, he has not remained under the selection radar. Amid his age, Akmal is hopeful of donning the national colours again under the new team management. Furthermore, he continues to shine in the domestic cricket, crossing 13000 first-class runs by clobbering a half-century in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on Monday.
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Post his half-century, the 37-year old condemned the old management under head coach Mickey Arthur that preference used to be given based on their personal liking for the players. Kamran Akmal lauded the new authorities for giving chances based on the domestic performances and that the condition of Pakistan cricket would have been in a better state had they done the same previously.
“The previous management used to make teams based on personal liking and disliking. The new management is giving the chance to those who are performing in longer formats in domestic cricket. If the previous management had given priority to domestic performers, then things would have been different.” the veteran said as quoted by Geo.tv
Kamran Akmal optimistic of making a return under Misbah
The Lahore-born keeper-batsman further said that he is enjoying his current domestic season and he is confident of filling the void of the fifth or the sixth batting position for Pakistan in Tests. He indicated that he is optimistic for a recall to Pakistan’s red-ball squad for the home series against Sri Lanka, especially under the new head coach and former teammate, Misbah Ul-Haq.
“I believe in hard work and aim to keep doing that. My focus is on giving 100 percent commitment on the field. I believe that I can still be part of the national squad as there’s a need for a settled batsman at number five or six in Pakistan team for test cricket. There are two wicket-keepers in major teams, why can’t we have the same.” he stated.
Pakistan are currently touring Australia where they will play two Test matches with the first Test starting from November Thursday in Brisbane.