“The way I have been overlooked by the selectors, it made me feel that I have not done anything.”
Kamran Akmal has been out of national reckoning despite piling up runs across all formats in the domestic circuit.
On Friday, the wicketkeeper-batsman scored a breezy half-century that gave his side, Peshawar Zalmi, a decent start which formed the basis for Zalmi’s 17-run win over Lahore Qalandars. But this performance may also go in vain, considering national selectors’ resolve to provide chances to the younger players.
Speaking on the subject after the match, Akmal said: “The way I have been overlooked by the selectors, it made me feel that I have not done anything.”
Akmal had been outstanding with the bat in Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, amassing more than a thousand runs at an average of 88. His runs were instrumental in helping his side, Water and Power Developmental Authority (WAPDA), pocket their first-ever Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
“I want to know the reason why I am being ignored on a consistent basis,” asked Akmal, underscoring that he has ensured his fitness stays up to the mark along with the performances.
The 35-year-old Pakistan international began the ongoing Pakistan Super League with a belligerent 88 against the defending champions Islamabad United in the season opener. Emphasising on his prolific batting off late, Kamran posed several questions to the reporters.
“What else should I do? Should I reiterate Younis bhai’s words?”
Younis Khan, Pakistan’s most prolific Test batsman, had made scathing remarks on his persistent neglect from the limited-overs squads during 2014. In one of his interaction with the reporters, he had asked whether he should shoot himself as he had been ignored despite scoring runs in the formats at the domestic level.
"Should I reiterate Younis bhai’s words?" asks Akmal — PSL
Akmal last donned Pakistan’s colours in a Twenty20 International in April 2014 against the West Indies. He, however, remains hopeful of his return to the national side.
To a question regarding his undeterred motivation despite his overlooking by the national selectors, Akmal stated that it is his passion to represent Pakistan that keeps him going.
“Tournaments like PSL are opportunities for us to prove ourselves and bring us in the national contention. I have worked hard and I don’t give up. Had Misbah given up, he won’t have been Pakistan’s number one captain.”