Ignoring Kamran Akmal For Australia Tour Is A 'Blunder': Rashid Latif
Ignoring Kamran Akmal For Australia Tour Is A 'Blunder': Rashid Latif.Picture Courtesy © Google

Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has raised his voice in favor of Kamran Akmal. He said that ignoring Kamran Akmal for Australia tour was a ‘blunder.’

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Monday, announced T20I and Test squads for Australia tour. Sarfraz Ahmed, who was recently sacked from the captaincy of Pakistan cricket team from all three formats, was not included in either side. Mohammad Rizwan replaced him in both T20Is and Tests.

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Former wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif criticized Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for ignoring Kamran Akmal from the T20I squad. In an interview with the private TV channel, Latif said,” If Sarfaraz were not selected, then Kamran Akmal would have been the best replacement in T20I cricket at present.”

On a question of Kamran’s poor performance behind the stumps, Rashid said that Kamran Akmal had improved his glovework, and he was doing continuously well in the domestic cricket. He quoted,” Kamran Akmal is the best opener right now for Pakistan. He should have been selected in the T20I squad. Mohammad Rizwan is not a T20 material. He should have been picked for the Tests only. If we are going to Australia to win the T20I series, then not choosing Kamran is a blunder.”

How Did Downfall Of Kamran Akmal Happen?

Kamran Akmal, the elder brother of Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal, has represented Pakistan in 58 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 53 T20Is. He has taken 369 catches behind the stumps with 85 stumpings across all three formats. With the bat, Akmal has struck 11 hundred in International cricket for Pakistan. He is also the leading run-scorer in Pakistan Super League (PSL) history.

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He was an integral part of the Pakistan Cricket Team from 2005 to 2013. Kamran opened the batting for Pakistan in-limited overs. He has turned on many games on his shoulders.

After poor performance behind the stumps, he was dropped from the 2015 World Cup squad. After that, he was continuously ignored by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) despite stellar performances in domestic cricket.

His chances of returning to international cricket dropped further after Sarfraz Ahmed took the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team in all three formats. Sarfraz, with average performance behind the stumps and poor performance with the bat, led Pakistan for over two years.

Now, as he has been sacked from captaincy after the arrival of new coaches and management, it will not be easy for him to take his place in the Pakistan team. He has already been ignored for the Australia tour. It was a golden chance for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to evaluate the experience and form of Kamran Akmal. 

Babar Azam led-Pakistan will take on Australia in three T20Is. Men in Green will leave for Australia on October 26. Pakistan and Australia will also lock horns in Two Tests. Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan in whites.

T20Is Squad

Babar Azam (captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz

Tests Squad

Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah