Stories about Kamran Akmal

Kamran Akmal: The man behind the gloves tries hard

In recent years, the role of a wicket-keeper has been completely revolutionised. Not only are they expected to play every match of a tour but also have a batting average of over 45, be big hitters and faultless all day long behind the stumps. They’re also expected to be perfect in all formats where a few tend to open the batting after having been in the field for the whole innings. A wicket-keeper will end up covering approximately 10 to 15 kilometres in the field during a Test and is the person who touches the ball the most during a game. ...

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Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Understanding the power of the single

Before coming on to more pressing matters, I must clarify that the Pakistan team happened to stumble across early success in the World Cup and let’s not misplace this accidental fortune as a pre-planned rhythm that the team has built on carefully in the tournament. Ergo, for commentators and critics alike, making crucial changes in the middle of the tournament will not break this so called rhythm – it might just lay the foundation for a successful strategy which we are still lacking. After the dismal performance against New Zealand, changes in the side are not just crucial, they are ...

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Kamran Akmal should stay on the Pakistan team

There is a famous saying in cricket: ‘catches win matches’. Pakistan’s last Group A match against New Zealand is a perfect testament to this rightly so famous saying. Kamran Akmal’s disappointing show behind the wicket cost Pakistan a wave of success in cricket’s most extravagant event — gifting New Zealand an emphatic victory through Ross Taylor’s heroics. Kamran’s deteriorating ability to carry out his duties seems to be a source of major concern. Having said that, Pakistan need to reassess their reaction to the faltering wicket-keeper’s promising talent. While Kamran sat on the training benches from afar and watched his brother Umar ...

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Pakistan’s World Cup strategy: Win the toss

In Sri Lanka, the locals warn all tourists to be aware of the oncoming traffic. Despite various road markings and signs, overtaking at will on even the narrowest of single lanes is a common sight. For that reason alone, you need to be on guard at all times, be wary of even the innocuous Tuk Tuks (rickshaws) and sit prepared for a sudden manoeuvre. It seems as though the welcoming committee failed to inform Pakistan cricket team of these trends on the streets. The rigidness of their plans oozing from their on-field show, the refusal to budge from what was discussed ...

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Take Kamran Akmal off the team!

Kamran Akmal put up a disgraceful performance in the match against New Zealand. There used to be a time when inspired experts called him Pakistan’s Adam Gilchrist – but nothing could be more insulting to Gilchrist than comparing butterfingers with him. I have little doubt that if Pakistan is to get anywhere in this World Cup, it must drop Kamran Akmal from the starting line-up. He is no good with the bat and I’d rather not play a wicket-keeper than have Akmal behind the stumps. His performances since 2006 have been on a consistent and constant decline. It was on the tour ...

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New Zealand vs Pakistan: Time to make a change

Sitting atop Group B with six points, after registering three successive wins, Pakistan are now in a position where the team must reassess its strengths and weaknesses – a crucial time for an essential performance appraisal. During this performance appraisal Pakistan must capitalise on their strengths and eliminate weaknesses. Post appraisal the Pakistan team will find that, despite being the boasters of the most successful campaign by any team in the 11th edition of this mega event so far, Pakistan suffer from an acute shortage of form in their opening batsmen combination. Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad have failed to ...

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Pakistan cricketers: Fitness key to batting form

The endless late nights comprising hours of pajama cricket have commenced, Black Eyed Peas is blaring out after every boundary scored and the countless commercials will play for the next six weeks. Perhaps what keeps most Pakistani cricket fanatics up at night is debating their side’s batsmen and their batting order. ‘Why don’t they move this person down and they should play this guy’ are just two of the comments thrown at me continuously over the past three years. My batting expertise comprises slogging a Shoaib Akhtar half-tracker that he lobbed at me when I first arrived at the NCA on ...

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Umar Akmal: Congratulations, the kid is back!

Pakistan’s inability to rotate the strike has worried millions. It remained a cause for concern in the team’s opening match against Kenya and discounting the total that sensible batting, and Umar Akmal’s heroics, enabled Pakistan to set, the safety net just isn’t permanent. The over-cautious strategy – to preserve and unleash towards the end – remains unconvincing but is implemented time and again, with varying results. Often, when the middle-order fails to click, the hitters arrive in the middle, needing to bat out more overs than they had been trained to – or had hoped to – resulting in the embarrassment of ...

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Our cricket team selectors and their mysterious agenda

The selection of the cricket team in Pakistan has never been child’s play. In other Test playing nations, teams might be selected solely on the basis such mundane issues as form and fitness, but not for Pakistan. That is the dull way of doing things. Frankly, what fun is there in seeing a player selected for the number of runs he has scored in the domestic season? It gets saucy when factors like politics, relations with the current captain, and more recently the player’s suspension status, decide the selection doesn’t it? In such circumstances, it is prudent to expect some surprises ...

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Tell cricket fans what’s going on

What is going on in Pakistan cricket? Yes, we all heard that the ICC gave the PCB an ultimatum about cleaning up their act and getting their house in order. But what exactly has the PCB been up to since then? A lot for sure. So why have we, the general public, been kept in the dark? First Kamran Akmal was not selected for the series against South Africa. Initially there was news about an appendicitis operation, but then even when he was fit, and Haider ran away, the senior Akmal was not selected. Akmal himself was unsure about why he was not ...

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