Pakistan’s wicketkeeper batsman, Kamran Akmal has advised Pakistani batsmen to play positive in Australia and do not miss out on freebies as they did in New Zealand.
“We will have to play positive cricket,” Kamran Akmal told ARY News, “When there is a bad ball, we should utilize it and score boundaries on them.”
“We failed to utilize bad deliveries in New Zealand, our strike rate was not up to the mark. We could have won the first test as we had bowled out them on 200 after scoring 130 odd runs, so we had an opportunity to bounce back. Instead we went for drawing the game,” he added.
“We need to score big and for that, playing positive cricket will be the key,” he further said.
Akmal, who was the highest scorer for Pakistan when they last visited Australia back in 2009, urged to make bouncy tracks in the UAE as well.
“We should make better pitches with some bounce in the UAE, it will give confidence to our bowlers as well as our batsmen will get used to bat in those conditions,” he stated.
The 34-year old wicketkeeper batsman believes that Pakistan can do better in Australia as compared to New Zealand.
“Pitches in New Zealand and Australia are different,” he told,” The wickets in New Zealand are more seam friendly, whereas, pitches in Australia are much harder and bouncy that Pakistani batsmen can cope up with.”
Like many others, the experienced wicketkeeper backs Pakistan that they have a chance to beat Australia in their home this time as Australia have just a handful of settled players in the team.
“Pakistan have a good chance to beat them, Australia have just two settled batsmen in the line-up Steve Smith and David Warner,” said Akmal. “Other than them, Mitchell Starc is the only settled bowler and the rest are new in the team.”
On a question about not getting selected despite of consistent performances in domestic, he replied, “My part is performing well in domestic and I have been doing it for the past two or three years.”
“Let’s see when selectors give me a go. I have just met Subhan Ahmed and he has given me a lot of hope, so I am hopeful that I will get a chance for my performances,” said Akmal.