Umar Akmal’s career has been marred with controversies and very recently the talented batsman was banned for three years by the PCB, for not reporting corrupt approaches to the board. But his brother Kamran Akmal has once again come out in his defence and said that Umar could have been treated better by the team management.
Talking to Cricket Pakistan, he cited the example how Inzamam-ul-Haq handled characters like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar.
“Off the field activities in nothing new in Pakistan cricket. Team management and the captain should know how to deal with such players. Look at the way Inzi Bhai [Inzamam] handled Shoaib [Akhtar], Asif and Shahid [Afridi]. If the same was done with Umar Akmal, things would have turned out differently,” said Kamran during an interview with Cricket Pakistan.
He also alleged that he was intentionally kept out of the side.
“I have been performing in domestic cricket and PSL during the last five years but despite that I have not been given a chance to play for Pakistan,” he said. “In the recent past, couple of coaches did not like me which is why I remained on the sidelines,” added Kamran.
“It’s unfair to keep me out of the Test and T20I side, especially, because I can play solely as a batsman. If Matthew Wade can make a comeback with an average of 18-20, why not me who averages nearly 60,” he added.
“Players are selected on the performance in PSL, while those have been doing well in domestic cricket are ignored. That’s is not how you make good teams,” he said. “If India started doing this, they would have the entire team selected from IPL.”
“Tournaments like IPL and PSL are good for exposure and confidence but the performances that count come from four-day cricket,” he concluded.