Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

Kamran Akmal, the veteran cricketer isn’t the first to point fingers at the end of department cricket in the country which has stopped the emergence of many talented cricketers.

The Pakistan cricket team may be doing well across formats in international cricket, but senior Pakistan cricketer remains dissatisfied with the nation’s present domestic structure and opined that the scrapping of the departmental cricket was wrong for which he blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board and former Prime Minister and ex-Pakistan captain, Imran Khan.

Kamran Akmal Photo AFP
Kamran Akmal Photo AFP

Kamran Akmal: Pakistan Cricket System In A Bad Shape

Veteran Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal isn’t the first to point fingers at the end of department cricket in the country which has stopped the emergence of many talented cricketers.

“Unfortunately, the Pakistan cricket system is in a bad shape due to unnecessary experimentation by the Pakistan Cricket Board and former Prime Minister [Imran Khan]. This damaged Pakistan cricket a lot,” Kamran Akmal said during an interview.

Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby

Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal had earlier expressed his dissatisfaction over the selection ahead of the crucial away series against Sri Lanka. Kamran Akmal remained unsatisfied and claimed that the 18-man squad does not have even a single genuine off-spinner.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the squad on Wednesday and it was subject to a lot of criticism from the ex-cricketer who questioned the exclusion of Kamran Ghulam among other players. Leg-spinner Yasir Khan has been selected once again – after a gap of almost an entire year. Salman Agha and Haris Rauf have also been named in the squad for the two-Test series in Galle and Colombo.

Kamran Akmal Feels It’s Too Early To Judge Skipper Babar Azam’s Performance AsLeader And Said That Pakistan Lacks Match Winners

Kamran Akmal also talked about the present Pakistan side and admitted that it would be too early to judge Babar Azam‘s performance as a leader before adding that the team lacks match winners.

“It’s too early. He [Babar Azam] is young and has only led Pakistan for around a year,” he said.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP via Getty Images)

“Pakistan doesn’t have the team it used to have eight to ten years ago. We used to have five to six match-winners back in the day,” added Kamran Akmal.

The Pakistan cricket team will next play two Tests in Sri Lanka. The opening match will be played at Galle on July 16 while the other will be played in Colombo starting July 24. They will then play a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands before heading to Australia for the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Pakistan will complete their warm-up for this year’s ICC T20 Cricket World Cup with a tri-series against New Zealand and Bangladesh in early October. Babar Azam’s side will travel to New Zealand at the start of October for a minimum of four T20I matches in Christchurch ahead of their T20 World Cup opener against arch-rival India at the MCG on October 23.

Pakistan will start its World Cup campaign on 23 October against India at the MCG. Pakistan beat India in the last year’s edition of the quadrennial event and was one of the favourites to win the tournament before being eliminated in the semi-final against Australia. Babar Azam has not played cricket in New Zealand since 2018.