Stories about Kamran Akmal

T20 order: Crazy, inconsistent but spot on!

Introducing our current playing XI (not in order), Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal. People may criticise Pakistan for being way too inconsistent, but it’s about time we embraced our moments of madness. Here’s what our top, middle, lower and bowling orders are, my critique and what I think could work better for us. Top order: Pakistan has four openers in the playing XI which could be a blessing in disguise. Losing early wickets is our habit so it wouldn’t hurt to have Nasir Jamshed coming in ...

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Warm up: Pakistan shows India how it’s done

The warm up game against India confirmed Pakistan’s unpredictability on one hand and sounded the alarm for everyone else on the other. The bowlers had an off day and were carted all around the ground by the Indian batting line-up with Virat Kohli being at the forefront. Except for Ajmal holding the fort, the likes of Gul and Afridi, two of the three highest wicket takers of all time in the format, had a dismal day and were rendered ineffective. To be fair, India’s batting line-up is the best in the business when it comes to the T-20 format, but ...

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What Sri Lanka should expect is a painfully predictable Pakistan

The trend is to stick with the old, trust the tested and believe in the seen. The trend, so painfully familiar, is to impede progress, go short-term and appease the trophies. Most of the squad selected itself. For the rest, PCB has been uncharacteristically bold in some cases, while hopelessly predictable in others. It’s a team selection that is devoid of a vision. There are at least three names I can point out that are almost confirmed to be selected before anyone else’s under Hafeez’s captaincy and are bound to disturb team’s balance; these are Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq. Let’s talk about Abdul Razzaq first. A ...

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Hafeez for the World T20: The signs don’t look so good

Pakistan may have won the T20 series against Australia but there are serious concerns about whether or not skipper Mohammad Hafeez can lead from the front in the upcoming World T20 in Sri Lanka. Brave is the one who puts his hand up when the situation demands, however, that certainly was not the case with the Pakistani skipper as he thrice saved himself from the pressure-cooker situation in the series. In the second match of three T20 series, the kangaroos needed 10 runs of the final over with Hafeez having an over left of his quota. Instead of becoming the man ...

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Let Hafeez bat in peace!

In his blog in Dawn, entitled “Time for Hafeez to realise his true worth” Mazher Arshad discusses the true worth of Mohammad Hafeez. He basically says that like Shahid Afridi, Hafeez should realise that he is primarily a bowler. According to Arshad, Hafeez’s 30s and 40s will be more useful if he does this. The author also talks about Hafeez’s batting averages against stronger teams, in difficult conditions, and during this year, all of which are in the low to mid 20s. There is a valid point, undoubtedly. If it were any other opening batsman, he would have been dropped already. The fact that ...

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T20 World Cup: Can we make it to the semi-finals again?

As every cricket lover in Pakistan would already know, the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup has been announced. Experienced wicket keeper Kamran Akmal has made a comeback after having been cleared by Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) integrity committee along with the all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and batsman Imran Nazir. Pakistan has done very well in the T20 World Cups so far, making it to the semi-finals on all three occasions and being victorious on one. Here we will have a brief look at what we can expect from the selected squad in the upcoming T20 Cup. Mohammad Hafeez: The newly appointed captain ...

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Kamran Akmal: Is he really worth it?

Kamran Akmal, who has been out of favour since 2011, is all set to make a comeback to the Pakistani team after having being named in the 30 man squad for the September’s World Twenty20. We have often heard people state many reasons for why he should be back which is mainly due to his batting abilities. People in favour of selecting him state that he can provide the required oomph to our batting in shorter formats; that Kamran, on numerous occasions, has saved Pakistan with his batting heroics and that he has been scoring consistently in the domestic circuit since his drop in ...

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On bringing Akmal back

To most, the name ‘Kamran Akmal’ brings back bitter memories of some of the most embarrassing defeats our national cricket team has ever faced. The worst of these was the Sydney Test of 2010. Four dropped catches and a run-out missed enabled the Aussies to snatch victory out of the jaws of a certain defeat. To me, however, the name brings back memories of when I sat in the National Stadium, Karachi, and saw our three prime batsmen being dismissed in the first over of the match; a defeat lingered on our heads and we were only to be redeemed ...

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Remembering the summer of 96

I’m not sure how many of you remember the Lombard Challenge from 1996, but those of you who do will remember it as the U-15 cricket World Cup that was held in England during the summer of 96. Called the Lombard Challenge U-15 Cup, the competition was contested by 10 teams including all the nine Test playing nations at the time and Canada. I was in Pakistan for my summer holidays at the time when the tournament was being played and I remember watching all the games live on Star Sports. It was quite interesting to watch potential future Pakistani stars ...

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Adnan Akmal: Chirping away towards success

For all the banter that Adnan Akmal parts with behind the stumps, he comes across as a rather shy, no-nonsense individual away from the cricket field, unlike his siblings that have played for Pakistan. Adnan doesn’t ooze defiance and arrogance like Umar and hasn’t mastered the smooth flow of the bat that Kamran often offered. He doesn’t have a bag full of big hits and isn’t likely to attract an IPL or a BPL contract anytime soon. But he does approach every outing with the dedication – however limited and unappealing his talent might seem right now – and conscientiousness of ...

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