I strongly feel that I am being ignored: Kamran Akmal

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Kamran Akmal, the out-of-favour wicketkeeper-batsman of Pakistan is impatiently waiting to make a comeback to the international cricket.

He has also urged the Pakistan Cricket Board and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pay their attention to his request to select for international matches and ask the national selectors to think about his matter on worth.

Since the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh, Akmal has been out of the green color from international cricket. After his wicket-keeping chop down means beneath the international standards, he turns out to be a bit of a running joke in the cricketing world.

The Dawn quoted Kamran as saying, “I strongly feel that I am being ignored even after so many good performances in domestic cricket. I want the selectors to consider me purely as a batsman as I realize fully well that Sarfraz Ahmed is performing outstandingly as wicketkeeper. I, therefore, appeal to the PM to hear me out and ask the selectors to consider my case on merit.”

The 35-year-old Pakistani right-handed batsman said, “For a batsman, the only way to make a comeback is his performance and I have been doing that by scoring a lot of runs to merit selection. I had met PCB COO Subhan Ahmed before coming to Hyderabad and now awaiting a call from PCB. Let’s see what they say. Those who don’t perform must be dropped from the national team. I don’t want to name those players, the selectors know who they are but they are being persisted with.”

Akmal said that there are some batsmen like him who are also performing well in the domestic circuit but they are still being ignored for national selection. He added, “Not just I but talented players like Usman Salahuddin and Asif Zakir have been playing outstandingly for a few seasons now and must be given a chance to represent the country.”

The PCB chief Shahryar Khan had told the right-handed batsman to perform well on the domestic circuit and get selected into the national team but he did not find his place yet. The wicket-keeper said on this matter, “I don’t know what else performance is. This is the third consecutive season that I have piled up the runs but perhaps I lack the right kind of contacts or political connections to get into the national team.”

Kamran said that if any player performing well for his team then there is no clue to discard him. He added, “Look at Mark Bou­cher who played 150 matches without a break, and so did Alec Stewart, A.B de Vill­iers, Stewart and our own Moin Khan who all played for a long time. And their splendid performances benefited their team. If anyone is performing then there is no reason to discard that player.”

The keeper said that he has not any support from any Pak politicians. He says, “Look at Misbah-ul-Haq, he is performing so well at 42 and is the backbone of the team, so age or experience should never matter. I repeat I perhaps lack the support of some politician, who will get him inducted [in the team]. Three of us brothers have served Pakistan but unfortunately, even Adnan Akmal has been out of favor since he got injured two years ago.”

The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has played 53 Tests, 154 ODIs, and 54 T20Is for Pakistan. Kamran Akmal, who was also doing well at the National T20 Cup, where he finished among the top scorers with scoring 260 runs in eight matches.