‘Previous team management ignored merit’ says Kamran Akmal

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Pakistan’s discarded wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal speaks out against the national team’s previous management and highlighted their strong stance while favoring like and dislike.

“Don’t know about this new team management but the previous one highly promoted favoritism. They didn’t give respect to the players who performed at the domestic level,” said Akmal while talking to reporters at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) after Day one of eighth round in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy ends.

The right-handed batsman, who completed his 13000 runs in first-class cricket with a 59-runs knock while representing Central Punjab against Sindh, maintained that the players like Iftikhar Ahmed were ignored during Mickey Arthur’s tenure.

“What was wrong with Iftikhar? Previous management even didn’t bother to try him. And now see his importance. Like Iftikhar, many other players were ignored,

“By saying youngster, youngster, our cricket has gone down. Their whole tenure was based on just Champions Trophy triumph. How long will you survive with just a single achievement?” Akmal highlighted.

Talking about new team management under the command of former Test cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq, Akmal said that they will take some time to settle down.

“They have taken up the charge just a few months ago. Things will take time and get settled down gradually,

“One thing is good from them that from the very first day they decided to give chance to domestic performers. They called some players for their strong performance in national tournaments which motivated the players in the entire circuit,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Akmal played the last Test for Pakistan in 2010 whereas he appeared in the shorter format last in 2017. He was ignored by Pakistan’s former coach Arthur due to age factor.

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