Image: Kamran Akmal defended his younger brother Umar. Photo: Nigel Marple/Reuters
Discarded Pakistan wicket-batsman Kamran Akmal on Tuesday defended the strange behavior of his younger brother Umar Akmal, saying, the establishment of cricket in the country has failed to cope with the talented batsman.
Umar is currently serving a three-year ban for not reporting place-fixing approaches, but appealed against the decision of the independent Tribunal of the Pakistan cricket Board. Date of the hearing has not yet been determined.
“The off-field activities is nothing new in Pakistan cricket. Management team and a captain should know how to deal with such players. Look how Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq) treated Shoaib’s (Akhtar), (Mohammad) Asif and Shahid (Afridi). If this was done with Omar Akmal, things could be otherwise”, – quotes its words a site cricket Pakistan.
Kamran also expressed dissatisfaction with the holding in the team, despite good performances in domestic cricket.
“I perform in domestic cricket and PSL (Pakistan super League) in the last five years, but despite this I never got a chance to play for Pakistan,” he said.
“In the recent past, a couple of coaches didn’t like me, so I stayed on the sidelines. It is unfair to keep me from the test and T20I side, especially because I can play solely as a batsman. If Matthew Wade can come back in a average of 18-20, why didn’t I averaged about 60”, – he added.
Kamran last played for Pakistan in 2017 in the West Indies, despite a successful career in the national team during a career spanning 53 tests, 157 ODIs and 58 t20s.
Kamran also advised the national selectors to choose players based on performances in domestic cricket and not RAP, and drawing Parallels with the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Players are selected based on performance in the RAP and those who do well in domestic cricket are ignored. It’s not that you make a good team,” he said.
“If India started to do that, they would have the entire team selected from the IPL.
“Tournaments such as IPL and RAP is good for endurance and confidence, but the performances that count of four-day cricket,” he concluded.