LAHORE: On Saturday, former test wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal expressed his dissatisfaction at the response he got for the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final from his team Central Punjab’s coach and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Talking to the media here, 38-year-old Kamran said that Central Punjab coach Shahid Anwar did not recall him for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final, which Karachi was currently in progress, despite recovering from injury.
In November 2020, the veteran wicket-keeper/batsman sustained a shoulder injury and was eventually dismissed from the CP team. In his last Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match between Nov. 6-9 against Balochistan in Karachi, he starred.
However, Kamran, who represented Pakistan in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs and 58 Twenty20 Internationals, said he had recovered from the injury and was completely fit to play in the Quaid Trophy final for Central Punjab, but regretted that he was not granted due respect by the team’s coach.
I deserve [due] respect from my coach to remember me for the final, as I am fit,” a dejected-looking Kamran said, “being the senior player of the team.
A couple of days ago, I expressed my complaints to PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan and National High-Performance Centre Director Nadeem Khan. However, so far I have got no response [from them].
Look, just for the Quaid-e-Azam Cup, I left my cricket assignments abroad. “Now, when I get this kind of attitude from my coach, it certainly causes dejection,” lamented Kamran, who last represented Pakistan at Providence in 2017 in an ODI against West Indies.
Asked if he would be able to play Central Punjab in the Pakistan Cup one day beginning January 8 in Karachi, Kamran said he hadn’t thought about it yet.
“I told the PCB high-ups about the coach’s attitude. First, let’s see what the PCB has to do with my argument,’ said Kamran.