Kamran Akmal was dropped from the Pakistan side after the 2011 World Cup – File photo by AFP
Kamran Akmal was dropped from the Pakistan side after the 2011 World Cup – File photo by AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf reiterated, on Saturday, that wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal was included in the World Twenty20 squad after he was cleared by the International Cricket Council.

Ashraf was speaking to reporters outside PCB’s headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

Responding to the objections being raised on Akmal’s inclusion, Ashraf said the ‘keeper was considered for selection after receiving an all-clear by cricket’s governing body.

“We wrote to the ICC to ask them if they have any reservations on Kamran Akmal’s inclusion. In reply, they said the ICC has not found any evidence of wrongdoing against him and he is free to play,” Ashraf said.

Kamran, the eldest and most capped of the three wicketkeeper-batsmen brothers, was picked for Pakistan’s World Twenty20 squad after being out of the national team for over a year. He last played during Pakistan’s campaign at the ICC World Cup 2011, where Pakistan reached the semi-finals.

His younger brothers Adnan and Umar have remained a part of the national team, albeit in different formats of the game.

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July 22, 2012 6:37 pm
Not a good decision, once again the saga of dropped catches will start. There are others who deserve to be in the team Akmal brothers have been given plenty of chances and failed consistently.
July 22, 2012 1:53 pm
How can anyone be sure of Kamran Akmal's true self ? Initially he will be inclined to be on his best behaviour and performance. What emerged in the London spot fixing trial was that the bookies would want their man to 'win the confidence' of the captain and the management. Once established, Kamran would then start his dirty games. Therefore it is realy baffling to see PCB succcumb to the external pressures of the interested parties.
July 22, 2012 10:56 am
Kamran Akmal is the most inefficient wicket keeper. once he was dropped , he should remain outside the team.
July 21, 2012 9:00 pm
He need to learn not to fend at outside off stump deliveries to quick bowlers and needs to work on his catching abilities.Otherwise I have seen him scoring centuries against India and other team.Has the ability to do well if he takes up his role seriously.
Nadeem Mirza
July 22, 2012 12:51 pm
Kamran has this last chance to redeem himself. He has a checkered past. He has won and lost few games for Pakistan. Played some big innings also. However, few of his drops and misses cost us BIG matches, and raises flags. Big reason for his return is Sarfarz and Adnan have not fully prooved themselves in limited over matches (especially with their batting). So we have to bite the bullet and give Kamran another chance. I hope he clean up his acts, and performs.
July 23, 2012 4:19 am
his tragic keeping negates his batting which also only shines in once in blue moon ! Kaneria may still be having thearpy sessions from the endless drop catchs of his bowling by Kamaran.. good luck pakistan ;)
July 23, 2012 5:05 am
what about zulqarnian haider. its not in justice with him.
Vaseem Siddiqi
July 23, 2012 7:40 am
Kamran Akmal is the BEST wicket keeper / batsman Pakistan have and he cannot one hopes do much damage in T20 as a wicket keeper as it is such a short game. Unfortunately none of the other wicket keepers tried have come up to the mark particularly in T20. In ODIs and tests I would continue with Sarfraz Ahmed and Adnan Akmal. I do not think Zulqarnain Haider is good enough to be in the Pakistani team.
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