Former Pakistani Wicket keeper-batter, Kamran Akmal has questioned Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for Umar Akmal’s non-selection, lately the squad was introduced for the T20I in opposition to New Zealand. Kamran additionally urged authorities maintain their private agenda apart whereas choosing the workforce, whereas Umar can be the cousin of the Pakistani skipper.
Whereas, Umar has not featured for Males in Inexperienced for the final 3-4 years, and performed his final sport for Pakistan in opposition to Sri Lanka in 2019, earlier he confronted 2 years ban from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to report corruption points.
Kamran Akmal has urged Babr Azam to consider this issue-
“Maintain your private agendas apart, drafting a workforce needs to be about placing Pakistan first, not private agendas or preferences. It’s regarding to see gamers being shifted between codecs primarily based on connections fairly than efficiency. We will’t afford to deal with workforce choice like a sport of musical chairs,” mentioned the Ex- Pakistani wicketkeeper.
Whereas enjoying for the Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) 2023, which finally completed within the final place within the eighth version of the PSL, the 32-year-old, Umar managed solely 95 runs in 5 innings with a better of 43. Nevertheless, his strike fee was astounding at 186.27.
“The workforce association shouldn’t be primarily based on transitioning gamers between codecs solely on the premise of their connections within the board. It’s not proper to incorporate somebody within the ODI lineup simply because they didn’t carry out effectively in T20I. This looks as if a sport of musical chairs, and it’s not truthful to the workforce or the gamers,’
“Groups shouldn’t be primarily based on likings/dislikings. Umar deserves to be a part of the workforce. Change of faces at increased ranges ought to include change of method & choice standards. I don’t suppose they’re coping with Umar appropriately,” he additional added.
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Whereas, Pakistan’s common T20I skipper, Babar Azam is again for the squad after being rested from the final collection in opposition to Afghanistan. Whereas Males in Inexperienced stars Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi are additionally again within the squad to face the Black Caps. All three missed the T20I collection in opposition to Afghanistan.
“The workforce captain must also take into consideration this, not solely the choice committee. He’s been with the workforce for the final 4 to 5 years, he ought to search for the bottom necessities of the workforce,” acknowledged Akmal on Babar Azam.
The primary T20I of the five-match collection will start on April 14 in Lahore, PAK vs NZ, whereas Pakistan misplaced their final 20-over collection in opposition to their neighbours, Afghanistan.