Lahore, April 5: It might all be over for Pakistan's butter-fingered wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal as the national team's coach Waqar Younis has hinted at the possibility of blooding in a new wicket-keeper.
At Lahore, Waqar said, "This debate over the wicket-keeper's performance is a difficult one but I think the Pakistan team now needs a younger wicketkeeper who can carry the load for the next few years...It's the right time to groom a wicketkeeper."
Kamran Akmal, Pakistan's preferred wicket-keeper has been a sort of liability for the team. A handy batsman at the top of the order, he has gained notoriety for his persistent inability to hold catches and do stumpings behind the wicket.
Pakistan are scheduled to next tour the West Indies from April 18.
Speaking about his side's loss to arch-rival India in the sem-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, he said, "We also lost wickets at the wrong time. But these are all excuses. We missed various chances [in the field]. Those catches cost us heavily because you can't allow so much leverage to a strong batting line up. Mistakes were there aplenty. We mistimed our Powerplays, had a wrong batting order or even bowling combination but these are all part of the game. What's important is that you learn from your mistakes."