England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 30, 2010

Kamran Akmal under pressure after miserable mistakes


Salman Butt has admitted that Kamran Akmal is under pressure after the mistakes committed by Pakistan's wicketkeeper on the first day at Trent Bridge played a crucial role in the visitors finding themselves in a difficult position in the first Test.

"The biggest difference [between the sides] was taking the chances. Had we grabbed ours this match would've been even," Butt said after the second day's play.

It was a forgettable Thursday for Kamran. In the fifth over of the morning Andrew Strauss edged a late outswinger from Mohammad Aamer but Kamran reacted slowly before spilling an easy catch. Strauss was on 15 then and England 22 for no loss. When England's captain eventually departed on 45, the hosts were 93 for 2.

Through the day Kamran continued to leak byes and at times even fumbled straightforward takes. In the second session he failed to be pro-active, choosing not to stand up a yard or two closer against Mohammad Aamer, which would have allowed him to cleanly catch Eoin Morgan when the left-hander had made just five. It proved to be the worst mistake of the match. Then when Paul Collingwood charged Danish Kaneria late in the afternoon, on 48, Kamran failed to collect the ball and missed the stumping chance embarrassingly.

Kamran's glovework has been a raging debate for the last few years and the Sydney debacle, when he fluffed repeated opportunities to get rid of Michael Hussey in one Kaneria over, still rankles in Pakistani minds. He was duly dropped for the following Test in Hobart. But the newcomer Sarfraz Ahmed, his replacement, was used as a pawn by the one-eyed Pakistan administrators, who initially fined him heavily and put him on a six-month probation, before overturning their original decision, halving his fine and restoring Kamran back to the side.

During the recent Australia series Kamran appeared to have improved both his footwork and glovework after fruitful discussions with former Australia keeper Ian Healy and Kent coach Paul Farbrace, who kept wicket for Middlesex. But at Trent Bridge he has once again regressed.

Butt said he could only stand by his deputy and hopes Kamran will vindicate him and the team management. "Everybody has tried. The coaches, myself and the other players have spoken to him. We have backed him. Because the game is on that is the only way and best way to give him the confidence. Being the most senior guy in the team he himself also feels the responsibility so I hope he is courageous enough to make a comeback and make people forget what he has done."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Falak on August 1, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Why this stupid PCB is insisting with Shameless Kamran. Why do they have double standards when it comes to picking young keepers for grooming. At least a young keeper with fluent keeping skills can make a amend for his poor batting, by bagging costly chances at crucial times. Poor Danish, one of his victims, even Dani would have had 350 wickets at this stage.

  • M on July 31, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Kamran is a shameless person, after having so many embarrassment even a minister in India gives resignation.. but like Pakistani politicians, Kamran remains hopeful that will server better in next chance... SHAME ON YOU KAMRAN...

  • jaya on July 31, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    he always think some thing else mostly watches the fielders or whats going around him or keep watching bowler rather then the ball.he think more of others then him self and who he is ,,and he should collect the ball.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    What people may overlook is that, Mr. Kamran Akmal may end up destroying Muhammad Aamer's career. Wasn't there a good chance of Aamer taking five wickets in the first innings had strauss been caught by Akmal early in the game? It makes a world of difference, either way!

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    he shud b sacked!! Bring Sarfaraz AHMEd in place of Kamran Akmal and kick his brother Umar out as well

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    hey kamran mannnnnnnn! have some self respect and call it a day.

  • mau on July 31, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    I would say without a doubt, based on dropped catches and missed stumpings, Akmal is the worst ever keeper at test level. Parthiv Patel was similar, you have to give the title to Akmal for having consistently missed catches and stumpings for 5-6 years! Parthiv did in 2 series and never played for India again, although he was just 17!Somebody should tally all the catches and stumpings missed by Akmal, and see how many extra runs Pakistan had to conceed becaus of that. I have a feeling, that Akmal has almost singlehandedly changed Pakistan's cricket history, bacause they could have won tests that they lost...captains would have been retained, Pakistan's ranking would have been different etc etc. The best part is...he is arrogant and confident that he will not be dropped...he knows that. His brother is turning out the same way too.

  • Mohammad on July 31, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I do not know what the PCB wants to do. I mean, in every person, there is something there for their country. But PCB...very poor. They are just taking bribes and not thinking about Pakistan. If i was the selector, this would be my ideal Test Team: - Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Danish Kaneria/Saeed Ajmal. Drop the Akmal brothers for a while till they learn their lesson. That is what India is doing and is so successful with. They bring youngsters in T20 and ODIs while still the old and experienced batsmen in Tests that is why they are number 1 at the moment.

  • Asif on July 31, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Kamran Akmal bad glove work is one of the most important reason for Pakistan test losses for last 4 years, his problem started from last England tour in which he drop number of chances then he went S.africa where he also drop so many chances and then last and most memorable test for his bad glove work is Sydney test in which he drop half a dozen chances just for M.hussay. He should be in ODI and T20 but not is test

  • Ross on July 31, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Has ther been a worst keeper at test level???????????? I think not. Kamran give it away (much like you do with the ball).

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