Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal is slowly but steadily scripting his return to the international side. The 35-35-year-old cricketer has been kept away from the national colours since long due to his poor form and fitness struggles as a wicket-keeper. However, his record-breaking knock in the National T20 is bound to grab the eyeballs of the selectors, and the veteran might just have found a way to make his comeback.
Kamran Akmal has rubbished all rumours of a return and stated that his only focus at the moment is on the game. Kamran Akmal played a trailblazing knock for his team Lahore Whites against Islamabad which crushed a few records. Akmal became the first Pakistani batsman to touch the 150 run mark in the shortest format of the game as he went past Mukhtar Ahmed’s 126 for Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Whites in 2015.
The list of records did not stop there as Akmal became the first Pakistani to score 5 or more consecutive 50’s in the T20 format. Virender Sehwag of India and Hamilton Masakadza of Zimbabwe are the only other two batsmen from across the globe to do so. Akmal’s whirlwind of an innings came off just 71 balls and was a delight to the eyes.
“I have been doing what a player needs to do — score runs — and that too in all formats of the game. I have been performing in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and now am doing so in T20 cricket as well,” Kamran told The Express Tribune. “I am just concentrating on my game, which I’m supposed to do. The rest is up to the selectors and the board.”
“Every player who performs in domestic competition hopes to make it into the national team,” he said. “My job is to stay fit and perform to the best of my ability. If I am making records and performing consistently then that is all I can do from my end. Hopefully, the selectors will take notice. They are watching a lot of players and I hope my hard work can pay dividend.” he concluded.