Kamran Akmal defends brother Umar, says Pakistan cricket failed to handle him

By: PTI |

Updated: June 30, 2020 11:05:04 pm

Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal in motion. (Source: Reuters)

Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal on Tuesday defended the erratic behaviour of his youthful brother, Umar Akmal, saying the nation’s cricket institution has failed to handle the gifted batsman.

Umar is presently serving a three-year ban for not reporting spot-fixing approaches however has appealed in opposition to the choice with an unbiased tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board. The date of the listening to is but to be finalised.

“Off the sector actions are nothing new in Pakistan cricket. The crew administration and the captain ought to know the way to cope with such gamers. Look on the approach Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq) dealt with Shoaib (Akhtar), (Mohammad) Asif, and Shahid (Afridi). If the identical was carried out with Umar Akmal, issues would have turned out in another way,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan web site.

Kamran additionally voiced his unhappiness at being stored out of the nationwide crew regardless of good performances in home cricket.

“I have been performing in domestic cricket and PSL (Pakistan Super League) during the last five years but despite that I have not been given a chance to play for Pakistan,” he stated.

“In the latest previous, a few coaches didn’t like me which is why I remained on the sidelines.

“It’s unfair to keep me out of the Test and T20I side, especially, because I can play solely as a batsman. If Matthew Wade can make a comeback with an average of 18-20, why not me who averages nearly 60,” he added.

Kamran final performed for Pakistan in 2017 within the West Indies regardless of having a profitable profession within the nationwide crew throughout a profession spanning 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20s.

Kamran additionally suggested the nationwide selectors to decide gamers on the idea of performances in home cricket quite than simply the PSL, whereas additionally drawing parallels with Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Players are selected on performance in PSL, while those who have been doing well in domestic cricket are ignored. That’s not how you make good teams,” he stated.

“If India began doing this, they’d have the complete crew chosen from IPL.

“Tournaments like IPL and PSL are good for exposure and confidence but the performances that count come from four-day cricket,” he concluded.

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