Akmal dropped for 2nd Test, Haider to replace him

Published: Friday, August 6, 2010, 10:43 [IST]
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Kamran Akmal dropped for second Test

Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal who has been highly criticized for his poor wicketkeeping display in recent times including the first Test against England has been dropped for the second Test against at Edgbaston.

Mohammad Yousuf, who was called in the team for the remaining Test Series, arrived in England on Thursday but will also not feature in the test match.

24-year-old wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is all set to make his Test debut.

"We have made two changes in the side," said Salman Butt.

"Kamran Akmal and Danish Kaneria have been dropped and their places have been taken by Zulqarnain Haider and Saeed Ajmal. There will be no Mohammad Yousuf in the team," Butt added.

Off-spinner Ajmal will take the place of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.

Kaneria has been released back to English county side Essex after he managed to take just one wicket for 171 runs.

Akmal's form with the bat has been no good either. He had a flop show in both the innings and endured a nightmare match with the gloves.

As a wicketkeeper he missed several chances, being too far back when Eoin Morgan, on five edged behind and that let off cost Pakistan as Morgan went on to make 130 crucial runs.

He also reprieved Paul Collingwood, with whom Morgan shared a decisive first innings stand of 219, twice in the match.

In the first innings, he missed a stumping chance when Collingwood was on 48 and in the second dropped him first ball. That fumble came just a ball after Akmal's lone bright moment of the game, a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen.


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