Sarfraz is the captain, can’t replace him as wicket-keeper: Kamran Akmal

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Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal plays a shot during the Pakistan super League final at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 5. — AFP/File
Shukriya Pakistan

Wicket-keeper-batsman Kamran Akmal shrugged of any possibility that he will regain his place behind the wickets for Pakistan in the presence of newly-appointed ODI and T20I captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

“Sarfraz is our captain and he his the best choice to keep wickets,” said Akmal while addressing the media during the national team training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Tuesday.

Akmal was named in the 31-man preliminary squad for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of West Indies following his brilliant show in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) season.

The 35-year-old cricketer, who last played for Pakistan back in 2014, was the highest run-getter in PSL 2 with 353 runs and was also the wicket-keeper with most dismissals in the league.

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The time, since Akmal is out, has witnessed a number of changes, one of which is the naming of Sarfraz as the limited overs captain. A decision which will limit Akmal’s to batting only

“I’ll try to perform well in whatever role I’m given,” said the Lahore-born cricketer.

Pakistan play West Indies in four T20s, three ODIs and three Test matches in a tour which kicks off March 26.

Akmal, who made his international debut in 2002, has played 53 Tests, 154 ODIs and 54 T20s for Pakistan.

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