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Akmal heavily criticized for his 'flop' show

Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 13:19 [IST]
 
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Kamran Akmal heavily criticized

Trent Bridge: Pakistan wicket keeper has come under severe criticism after his flop show in the first day of the opening Test Match between Pakistan and England at Trent Bridge.

Akmal had a dismal opening day against England. He missed catching and stumping chances apart from fumbling on many other occasions on the first day of the first Test against England.

"Kamran is going to find it very difficult to hold onto his place in the remaining matches unless he drastically improves his keeping on the remaining days of the first test and bats well," a team source said.

Sources said Butt is of the view, for a long time, that Akmal was a weak link in the Pakistan team because of his poor keeping skills.

"Butt had told chief selector Mohsin Khan earlier that the selectors needed to seriously look at this weak area as Kamran's keeping had gone down. But Mohsin told Butt to hang on and wait and watch," the source said.

The selectors had reportedly wanted to provide Akmal one final opportunity before dropping him. The 28-year old Akmal who has now played 50 Tests and 115 one-day internationals has also been under the scanner in recent times, during the Australia tour for alleged links with bookmakers, an allegation he strongly denied.

Former Pakistan players wants the 28-year old to be dropped from the Pakistan senior side because of his miserable performances.

Former wicketkeeper-batsman and captain Moin Khan said Akmal was not doing his basics right and needed to go back and work hard on his skills.

"Wicketkeeping is a very important department for any team and if a keeper makes so many mistakes on one day then it is the team that suffers," he said.

"Even after so many years of international cricket his basics are wrong and he keeps on committing the same mistakes," former opener Amir Sohail said.

Sohail said he was surprised that Akmal did not display the same natural instincts when he had run-out, catch or stumping chances like other keepers..

Akmal had dropped a simple catch from Strauss early on and missed an easy stumping chance off Danish Kaneria later in the day and in between made several fumbles at Nottingham leaving England in a commanding position ahead of day two.

Former Test leg-spinner and ex-chief selector Abdul Qadir said he was shocked by Akmal's performance.

Qadir said if Akmal had not made the mistakes, the situation could have been different for Pakistan. England eventually ended the day on 331 for four with Eion Morgan scoring a hundred.

Pakistan have a reserve wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider in the touring party in England but the youngster is also mainly known for his batting skills more than his keeping abilities.

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