Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, who has been out of the national team for a while, has supported his younger brother Umar Akmal. On the other hand, he has accused Pakistan’s team management of not handling his talented brother in the right way.
Pakistan Cricket Board has banned Umar Akmal for three years after he was found guilty of not reporting corrupt approaches ahead of the PSL 2020. However, Umar has appealed against their decision.
Citing the examples of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar, who were also surrounded by controversies during their career, Kamran said that Umar could have also passed through controversies if the team management would have handled him differently.
“Off the field activities are nothing new in Pakistan cricket. Team management and captain should know how to deal with such players. Look at the way Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq) handled Shoaib (Akhtar), (Mohammad) Asif and Shahid (Afridi). If the same was done with Umar Akmal, things would have turned out differently,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan website.
Kamran Akmal disappointed with selectors:
Kamran Akmal also showed his discontent for being dropped and not giving him another opportunity in the national cricket team. He last played for Green Army in 2017 and was dropped because of his poor wicket-keeping skills though he was decent with the bat.
“In the recent past, a couple of coaches did not 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 Akmal further urged the selectors to choose the player based on performances in domestic cricket rather than just the PSL.
So far, the wicketkeeper-batsman has represented Pakistan in 53 Test matches, 157 ODIs and 58 T20Is, scoring over 7000 international runs.