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

Kamran Akmal under pressure after miserable mistakes

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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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  • Falaky 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.

  • mkhalilz 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...

  • pollachiprakash 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:33 GMT

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

  • mautan 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.

  • WOW_24 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_Iqbal 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

  • Foxswoop 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).

  • Falaky 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.

  • mkhalilz 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...

  • pollachiprakash 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • on July 31, 2010, 15:33 GMT

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

  • mautan 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.

  • WOW_24 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_Iqbal 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

  • Foxswoop 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).

  • SaifQazi on July 31, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    i am of the firm opinion that wen u start compromising, thats where u see ur downfall. Kamran Akmal is no Dravid to be a keeper on part-time n act as a genuine batsman. Dravid became a keeper for his team (who i respect immensely) n if at all he made mistakes while keepin, he made up for it wid his SOLID batting. n then in the tests they got a specialist keeper. Kamran is no part-timer bt still worse than ne keepr n his battin in Test (esp) is hopeless. so whats the point of havin sucha player? i strongly believe, keepers lapses go a long way in decidin the mood of the camp n Kamran has becum kinda sole reason for our defeats. the other reason is that, durin Moin/Rashid era, they both did well coz of competition. Atleast Pak selectors can give him a wake up call by havin anotha keeper, to get him up. he feels all secured arnd himself, no competition so all chill. Pak will suffer as long as they saffer (travel) with this man as their so-called genuine keeper who can bat.

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    I dont have a problem with Kamran... though he is having a hard time off late... Some1 wrote about Rashid Latif... Mate he biggest cheat u can come across... Moron cheated on TV, when he picked up the ball from ground and claimed the catch... Best Pak keeper was Moin Khan... Little fella but good keeper and destructive with bat...

  • on July 31, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Kamran akmal aka The Jaws should not be in the test side at all but than again if he doesnt play , umar will fake a injury as well :) buy 1 , get 1 free offer !

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    @ Bruce Depenha, I agree with you but let me make it clear, when Kamran first broke in to the international scene, he was a very promising keeper, he hardly dropped a chance, he was very athletic, slim and very energetic. After 2 years of his career, he started to lose it, he started dropping catches, missed stumpings and wasn't comfortable with the gloves at all. I wonder what has really gone wrong with him, it was the same country, UK, where he started to lose it and its the same country where he has started it again! He already had a miserable tour of England last time, then how on earth he couldn't improve his keeping!

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Pakistan Team is going through a mental pressure now a days. In my openion following measures should be taken for improvement. 1. Replace Kamran Akmal with an alternative WK and send Kamran for training to improve his footwork and collection technique 2. Shoaib should play at one down position to utilize his experience fully and make him responsible to build the innings for Pakistan 3. Umar Gul is out of form and should be replaced with a young blood and let Umar proove his form in domestic season or side matches 4. 5 Test matches are enough for any new comer, alternative should be ready if a batsman could not perform in his last 6 test innings and could not score the runs @ an average of 40+ 5. Basic technique of most of the batsmen is very poor which is lower than the standards of test cricket. If footwork is not good, a batsman can not play a long innings. Pakistan does not have any batsman who can play an innings of 200. this area needs to be improved. Temprament is lacking.

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Unless and Until, uselss players like Akmal brothers are fired; Pak does not have any chance to improve in Test cricket which infact is the real cricket.

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    kick the ass of kamran and through him out of the team and give another one chance AM I RIGHT??

  • dmqi on July 31, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Award 2010 in international cricket:

    Ezaz Butt : The Bafoon chair.

    Kamran Akaml : The catch dropper of the year.

    Shahid Afridi : Runaway Captain

    M. Yusuf : Defensive Captain of the year

    Pak Selectors : clueless

    Pak fielders : worthless

    PCB : Shameless

    Enjoy Pak cricket, the hopeless supporters ( I am one too).

  • ratee on July 31, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Bad wicket keeping has affected the mood of the whole team. Better do something now as this wicket keeper cannot change himself and will have bad days often depending up on his mood swings. God knows when?

    Lets have dependable wicket keeper batsman who knows what he is doing. What is so extra ordinary about Kamran Akmal's batting that they want to keep him for his poor wicket keeping. One more thin is also clearing out that Umar Akmal's talent is limited to one day cricket. Pakistan should now try t find Test batsman if we want to e a successful Pakistani team. Maybe Pakistan selectors had been investing in wrong horses, which has been their short term policies.

  • on July 31, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    So are we going to see Kamran Akmal being dropped and missing the next match and his brother coming up with same excuse of not being well and hence cannot play. I think this time has nothing to loose except say goodbye to both of them. Umar Akmal ain't what it takes to play in Test matches.

    Good luck chappies.

  • ratee on July 31, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Sajjad mehdi I hope you watched Shoaib Malik's innings he is the highest scorer in this innings on this most difficult wicket. Why should he be dropped? Did you watch his innings in this match?

    Well people just write here without thinking!!!

  • ZQ77 on July 31, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Really man!! Kamran makes you pull your hair out in frustration. Heard of players single-handedly winning matches for their team but kamran akmal has given a whole new twist to this phrase by single-handedly losing matches for pakistan

  • on July 31, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Its funny that many fans are mentioning Kamran Akamal as good batsman ! He is averaging 32 in 50 Tests !

    He is only good for ODI and T20s. He doesn't have any temperament to play test cricket.

    Last time I saw him winning a match for Pakistan was against India in Pakistan. That is the only inning we can say a sort of genuine test inning. All his runs have come against either India or Sri Lanka. He is not good enough to score on bowler friendly pitches.

    In short Pakistan should not waste a time. Just sake him. Bring some genuine Keeper.Thats all.

  • sajjadkazmi4 on July 31, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is being destroyed systematically and present PCB set up is solely responsible for that. How else can you justify presence of Shoaib Malik in team, appointment of Afridi as test captain and Kamran Akmal his deputy despite their proven misconduct and manipulations. Thank God, Afridi realised his incompetency and resigned. Can any body on earth explain the overlooking of Sarfraz and selection of Zulqarnain as second wicket keeper. The only reason that I can think of is to further consolidate the position of Kamran as presence of Sarfraz can threaten Kamran's place in team with this pathetic glove work. But, with Zulqarnain's presence, even more mediocre than Kami, who can challenge Kamran. As Sarfraz Nawaz rightly pointed out in one of his media interviews that it is Lahore Tola, led by incredibly inept Ijaz Butt, bent upon destroying Pakistan cricket. Azhar Ali and Umer Amin are there, but there is no place for Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Lateef, Fawad Alam!!!

  • on July 31, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    if pcb wont play kamran akmal then how can they fix matches ? so he is essential for game plan,, keep it up kamran,, pakistan needs u,,, ur gr8 player , u only take blame for lost game and all ur mates earn money,,,,

  • boris6491 on July 31, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    He has always been a batsman wearing gloves, never a wicketkeeper. It is disappointing to see the art of wicketkeeping so undervalued nowadays when you consider that players like Akmal are, despite their frailties exposed to all, still retained as wicketkeepers. Frankly, I dont even feel he is a good enough batsman to justify his place in the team. As much as I love and admire Adam Gilchrist for what a truly fabulous player he was, I do feel he has, due to his amazing exploits with the bat, forced teams to look at batsmen who can keep rather than the other way around. Akmal single handedly cost them a test they never should have lost in Sydney, regardless of how their batting collapsed. How long will it be until the Pakistan selection committee realise how foolish it is to keep him in the team? He has not improved since his first introduction to international cricket and we cannot expect that he will improve hereafter. Pakistan need to move to the incumbent Sarfraz Ahmed

  • on July 31, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    the number 4 to number 7 (umer amin , shoib malik and brainless akmal brothers) and imran farhat didn't deserve the place in test team.

  • SamAsh07 on July 31, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    We need a player MADE for Wicket-keeping in tests and can BAT in tests for long periods, the question is, is there any at all??

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    It's often said that statistics never reveal the full picture. This is so true in the case of Kamran Akmal. 189 dismissals in 50 tests is an excellent figure if you compare it to the best in the business. It's a wonder he's managed to make those dismissals when you look at his wicketkeeping.

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    kamran shud approach Dentonic A Pakistani brand tooth powder for dier ADs

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    pak needs good captain like IMran Khan ...and good bowler like akram,waqar...

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    kamran akmal have dropped 32 catches in 27 test matches

  • on July 31, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal take bribery because when they take bribery they get 50% more shares then they get by winning the match.

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    How come he was let to do keeping even for his school

  • ABP235 on July 31, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    As a cricket fan from India, watching world cricket closely, Pakistan have blundered on the young talent of Sarfraz Ahmed due to their extreme favouritism for Kamran Akmal. There are no two words about it. Despite grave errors that have cost Pakistan many matches, he doesnt get dropped, making me believe that Kamran may be a relative of some politician or a board member! Sarfarz surfaced many years back, but has now been rendered lacking in confidence due to this Kamran saga. Now Pakistan has 3 good fast bowlers, a decent enough and young batting line up and the key man, a wicket keeper is hopeless. Also, Kaneria has got more chances than he should have - I cant find a reason why Ajmal is not getting into the test side. With these two changes currently, and may be one batsman spot for an experienced batsman like Younus - this will be a Pakistan side that can dominate under a young, intelligent and creative (see how he used Umar Amin to bowl in his debut test!) captain Salman Butt.

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Well, I think the rabbit hole goes much deeper. The performance of Akmal behind the the stumps, and both Akmals with the Bat indicate that ''some people'' had set themselves on sale prior to match. It was only speculation for me until I saw Umar Akmal suggesting Azhar Ali to leave rather then to take a review. This thought in me came through a person's comment during match commentary when he said Pakistan will loose because of Akmal Bro's.

  • Percy_Fender on July 31, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Pakistan has an excellent pace bowling attack which can be quite destructive in English conditions. In fact I subscribe to the view that Aamer and Asif may be the two best swing bowlers in the world because of their accuracy and their ability to surprise. But for them to be of any relevance in Tests they will have to have more technically equipped batsmen and more than that have good fielders. At home they probably have incentive only for fast bowling and little else. What good are the fast bowlers if there ins no one to take their catches. The PCB should select players even if they are very good batsmen or bowlers only if they are good close in fielders. That alone will make the difference.

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    plzzzzzzzz just stopp giving him chances in test cricket

  • on July 31, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Nothing will matter...Pakistan will keep on selecting Kamran because of his batting abilities. Not realizing that a fifty does not matters when drop chances allowed opposition to score hundreds...

  • angel_guy on July 31, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    every player has a FORM.. the batsman, the bowlers, so as the keepers.. every player have an OFF DAY, the batsman, the bowlers, so as the keepers.. im with AKMAL.. even the best of the batsman can get out without scoring,, even the best of the bowlers can be hit arround the park.. so why cant we tolerate a keeper?? i have seen akmal taking best of the catches.. doing best of the stumpings, yet we only see him as a keeper missing 3 catches of hussy , and 1 of morgan, and one stumping off kaneria .. AKMAL has the highest number of dismissals in t20 44 (36 matches) , with the highest number of stumping ( 28 stumps in 36 matches) and a very good 16 caught behinds ( 1.257 catches per match) .. i consider him one of the best in the wicket keeper+batsman category in the current teams.. all the best KAMRAN AKMAL..

  • Seasole on July 31, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    pakistan should look for new faces in wicket keeping department now, to help them sarfraz ahmad from karachi, zulqarnain haider from peshawar and naeem anjum from islamabad region are some players waiting for any oppurtunity upfront, to be honest the tussle between them at first class level is soo highly ranked that even performances from their local association tournaments are considered whilst their selection in any A team or Touring side, so if such practices are being followed for junior levels lets bring the heat at national level aswell

  • stationmaster on July 31, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I think Pakistan should definitely keep him as keeper - because it makes them so much easier to beat !

  • MaarifSohail on July 31, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Its non cricketing reasons alone nothing else, let the bookies be relieved of destroying the game. I don't see it happening though. Its a classic rule, only great players can become good bookies. If you have seen Kamran playing as per his potential he is a world class player but when he is trying to equalize he will spill catches and throw away his wicket. Why not let Salman Butt lead the Under 19 Cup winners of 2004 and 2006...Surely the kids have been ignored and pushed out by egoistic & mediocre individuals.Can Waqar justify his abilities as a coach when he is devoid of planning, motivating & thinking part. I say bring in a strategist for a long time, groom young players and let them serve Pakistan. The buck of losing,throwing away and quitting should end somewhere, this practice of non Pakistani spirit has reduced the nation to a laughing stock and fighting for its own survival in the comity of sovereign nations and independent countries. Let cricket be the element of change 4 us

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    they shouldnt have kamran akmal and his brother in the team......... for test............ PBC should get only test players like muhammad yousif and misbah ul haq for test.

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Well what can be expected from the Blind Pakistani Cricketing Administrators who can ban a player anytime they want and then restore without giving justification. Kamran has been a sloppy wicket keeper for quite sometime but there seems to be no permanent solution to it other then false hope/statements of people like Salman But or previous captains who keep on saying that Kamran will improve but there is no firm basis about these statement.

    I think he needs to go to the academy to work on his keeping and Pakistan must work on the permanent replacement even if tomorrow Karman Akmal makes a good 100.

  • Sohel_ahmed on July 31, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    can we just drop this kamran akmal chapter once and for all?I mean he's a joker.The mistakes he makes are so ridiculously stupid that those who watches them simply reach into only one conclusion,and that is,these so called mistakes are deliberately done.When was the last time he helped pakistan win a match,either by keeping or batting?Then what the selectors are waiting for?Are they waiting for the day when kamran will fail to glove a single delivery from the bowlers and score a consecutive six ducks?May be thats exactly what they are waiting for.

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that Pakistan just isn't producing quality test players like they used to and this includes the wicketkeeper position. They are quickly going the way of West Indies as far as sheer talent is concerned. That is precisely why Pakistan continues to select players like K. Akmal and Kaneria. I find it hard to believe they haven't been able to find a decent test caliber keeper or leg spinner in the past 6-7 years. Even their strong point, the bowling department, isn't as good as it is made out to be. We have Aamer and M. Asif as the only consistant test caliber wicket takers around followed by a bunch of support cast who you can only rely on once in a while.

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    yea i agree of Kamran's mistake ... what about your captaincy knock Mr. Butt ... a century, just a period comes after 1 ... you should also prove what is the role of captain in the team ... you dont perform well and how the hell you aspect others to perform ... like of past, if Pakistan lose this match, then Kamran is the scape goat ... too sad, my fav team has lots of jokers from the team management to the starting 11

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    LOL, he is the vice-captain so wat can they do about it???

  • on July 31, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    A Country like Pakistan I am sure will have at least one Wicketkeeper who can bat a bit and do reasonably good keeping. Selectors have to unearth like they unearthed Wasim Akram and Mohammed Aamer and so many other youngsters in the past. Kamran Akmal is simply not good enough !!!

  • KarmatBaig on July 31, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Can't Pakistan find a better wicketkeeper from their domestic structure. We need natural talented keepers like Rashid Latif and Wasim Bari who can be trusetd for the wicketkeeping and 25 to 30 runs from the bat plus even holding one end for over an hours duration to build partnerships would be a great bonus rather than getting 40 odd runs and dropping four catches in every innings and contributing to the team losing the game.

  • plmx on July 31, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    @Dhanno……your extremely funny comments might well be superceded by the even funnier behaviour of the PCB in this regard! @ MaarifSohail….equally funny but "throwing matches" gives an impression that the Pak players possess qualities which they deliberately do not deploy for monetary gain. I have some reservation with that assumption particularly with this bunch of players. Any talent that they possess are negated by sheer lack of skill and intelligence! A lot of commentators say that Pak team can beat any team "on their day". But so long as those days come around every 15 years the opposing teams won't be quaking in their boots just yet. So far as Kamran Akmal's decision to stand back and thus fail to catch Eoin Morgan being the "….. the worst mistake of the match" I beg to disagree. It would have been a "mistake" if Akmal in hindsight would have moved forward. I fear the truth is that he knows he will drop catches and therefore prefers that catches actually drop before it reaches him!

  • Azmat_Siddiqui on July 31, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    It is a shame that every few months we have the same discussion. The bottom line is that Kamran is not good enough to play at test level. A guy with 50 tests under his belt fummbles at curcial stages does not deserve to be in the team. In any other country the performance comes first, unfortunately in Pakistan it comes last.

    Azmat Siddiqui

  • cricpolitics on July 31, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    I think it would be fair to say that Kamran should not be part of the Test team. He is however a critical component of the One day and the T20 teams primarily because of his explosive batting which can compensate for any missed chances due to his glove work.

  • on July 31, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Kamran is playing as wicket keeper batsman not as batsman keeper (part time). EVery time management is clearifying that kamran is a good run maker, so if they need him as batsman, y not v give gloves to imran farhat or other player. I sure these palyer will take at least those regulation catches better then kamran. in my opinion by dropping chance of Morgan and collingwood , pakistan suffer almost 190 runs. So in case kamran score these 190 runs by himself, is still not enough for the victory of pakistan. Bcz after 354 runs on board all our other batsmen in pressure and cannot score runs. Meanwhile if we deduct these 190 runs from England total score, all the pakistani batsman will score more than they scored in 1st innings. So i belive there is no space for kamran in Pakistan XI. Imran Farhat should take the gloves on and better we play with 10 players

  • nk_sharma on July 31, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    I was not surprised when Kamran missed an easy stumping chance of Morgan. The surprising thing was his lazy approach..he did not try to regather the ball when ball was droping in front of him. I hope it should not be but still it smelled fixing??? In earlier days wicketkeepers were expected only to perform well behind the stumps and there batting averages around 30 were acceptable. But after Gilchrist era, keepers are expected perform equally well at front and at behind the stumps. Kamran is failing consistently especially in Tests. does Pakistan not have any choice???

  • anish_dada on July 31, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    this might not be big deal for pak team management but for us , the pakistan cricket fans, its embrassing......... how can you play with the feelings of cricket lover? i want pakistan to acheive in test cricket not in the stupid 20-20 version whre there is neither a class nor real test of talent and gusture...... god help ...

  • shiraz143 on July 31, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Kamran Akmal sucks. So anybody defending him get a life please. If you wanna play him as a batsman dont forget that batsmen also field. So may i ask where will you put him in the field. If the guy can not catch with the gloves on , i cant imagine what will he be like without the gloves. Kamran should have been kicked out years ago and if his brother has issues with this kick him out also. I am fed up with all these khalifas on the team. I would love to talk to Mohsin khan and find out why is sarfraz not selected. They is so much politics in the PCB that i dont know why do i even bother about all this. PCB is full of clowns.

  • Woody111 on July 31, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Sydney was not an aberration for Kamran Akmal. The guy is not international level, period. You simply can't have an inept keeper just because he can bat. As soon as you drop a few catches all the pressure mounted by bowlers is undermined and Akmal has now single-handedly changed the course of the game for the worse for his team. Get rid of him before he does more damage! Just like Sydney, the way he dropped the first catch (an absolute dolly) says poor technique - not poor luck.

  • whyowhy on July 31, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Put a glove in his mouth and he will start catching them better............retirement home or jail is where I would send him..............

  • santhoshkudva on July 31, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    if there is a batting spot available, it would help him and the side. have him field at long leg. not that shots are not played in that region of the field, but it is where catches are least likely to go. also instruct bowlers to bowl to the field, i.e the other nine fielders.

  • R00ster on July 31, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    for the 5 millionth time, why is kamran akmal in this team ? he is THE worst wicket keeper in the history of international cricket and only scores runs in meaningless games. there should be no doubt that he is NOT a talented WK or batsman..yes he saved Pakistan a test in Indian together with Razzaq many a moons ago ..but , as someone already pointed out, he should not be given these 9 lives by PCB. he should be kicked out ...NOW

  • CSpiers on July 31, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    His Brother Umar should be under more pressure too - he hasn't scored a half century since last year.

  • Meety on July 31, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a good batsman who is a good ODI Keeper. In ODIs you don't need great glovework. He is not good enough of a batsmen to overlook his keeping in test. If he batted like Sanga or Gilchrest or Boucher, maybe you would overlook it - but he averages around 30-35 not 45+. Ahmed I understand is at least a tidy w/k but an average batsmen - probably end up with a test ave of about 20. If he holds all his catches - with the Pak attack he will get plenty of chances, he is worth 50 runs. The reason why Pak is down the rankings is their fielding - and that is the w/k sets the standard. Pakistan usually drop about 3 chances per inning in a test, if they lowered that to about 1 or 2, it would effectively save about 50 runs an innings. With the lack of depth in the batting, saving 50 runs in the field per innings (100 in a match), could win Pak a quite a few more games. Better fielding is what dragged Australia out of the doldrums of the 80s, a decline in fielding lost us the2005 Ashes.

  • clutch28 on July 31, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    If you play Test level cricket, you need a keeper that will not be an embarrassment to the team due to his glovework. Akmal has consistently been that embarrassment to Pakistan's Test hopes. I would rather have a quality keeper with proven glovework and footwork that averages 15 then a keeper with poor glovework and footwork that averages 32.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 31, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Pakistan might have lost many matches due to Kamran Akmals club level keeping. He should have been dropped for some six months and sent to Rashid Latif for intensive cure to his destructive keeping. He is supposed to be selected because he is a better batsman but if you take the statistics, his average in last six matches is just 15. There are so many jokers who are included in the team even due to factors not understandable to fans

  • raheelf on July 31, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    I am tired of hearing these words under pressure... out of form and God knows what. As far as I know these guys are highly paid professionals not some gulli muhalla team where you just play for the leisure. Offcourse it's not an easy job to play at that level and excel but at the same time its not for free and not from some neighbourhood club. My point here is, if someone is not fit enough physically and mentally to play at that level and to represent his country then he must not be selected to destory the whole team spirit and the high hopes of the people back at home. I think he should hang his gloves now and stop influencing his little brother who initially in his short career showed some glimpses of his potential. I hope Waqar with the help of Rashid or Moin address this problem sooner rather than later and sort out this very critical area of concern.

  • shanii24 on July 31, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Its about time we replace kamran. Too many matches lost because of him.

  • Q72941 on July 31, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Kamran should not be given 9 lives by PCB, if they want to really improve their Test Cricket.

  • on July 30, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Their is no doubt Kamran Akmal is a talented wicketkeeper/batsman but he is not consistent i`ve been obseving him and I find that he takes the hardest of chances and drops the easiest of them he has got to seriously concentrate on his game moreand stay focus or else sarfraz ahmed or haider are going to take his place.

  • sharprider on July 30, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Now, how much more ridiculous could it be? Giving away life after life even though you know that the bowling conditions are favourable for the fast bowlers and there is every likelihood of snicks and edges coming your way! Who else than the vice-captain of the fielding side would know the importance of a scenario like that? If that's the case, the best step would be to relieve Kamran of the vice-captaincy so that he can concentrate on his real job, i.e. wicket-keeping first and batting, of course. Any further faltering should be taken seriously by the management regardless of the fact that he has a promisingly talented younger brother (Umar) upon whom Pakistan batting depends a lot (unwisely, though because we have some good middle-order batsmen waiting in the wings to be called up for duty).

  • on July 30, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Well Pakistan keep playing him and he keeps making costly mistakes. I don't think the missed chances are even Akmal's fault really, the blame lies with whoever was stupid enough to select him for Test cricket. No doubt he is an asset in shorter versions of the game but in Tests he is more than useless, he is an outright liability, the man single handily lost us a series in Australia and he doesn't get runs in tests. Sarfraz Ahmed is basically a better version of Kamran, a keeper who can bat, a truly good choice would be someone like Naeem Anjum or Gulraiz Sharif who, although aren't good batsman, are technically great wicket keepers. In the generations in which we were most successful we had Wasim Bari, Rashid Latif and Moin Khan, no coincidence, none of them was as good a batsman as Kamran but all of them won Pakistan matches by virtue of not just taking chances but also half chances.

  • wfaizi on July 30, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    enough is enough....i hope they'll give someone else a chance in the next test.because i think this test is out of pakistan's reach....

  • on July 30, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Drop him as wicket keeper for tests and play him as batsmen only, he's better than others.

    Keep him as keeper for ODI/20Twenty.

  • MaarifSohail on July 30, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    The problem is quite complex. Kamran has dropped enough catches since Pakistan tour of England 2006. The bookies would have to find some new representative in this Pakistani cricket team. With younger brother Umar, also about to make his well deserved exit due to repeated failures. Bookie Representation in Pakistan needs something new.Bookies came into the Under 19 World cup, courtesy Naseem Ashraf Malik, when Umar Akmal threw the semi final and got picked for seniors..Something is bound to happen soon as all this is happening right in front of the ICC, its obvious that all these fake rankings are only possible if yesteryear s WasimAkram are replaced by Sohaib Maliks. Sinister & less than sportsman like behavior of Inzy by forfeiting & allowing England to climb up to 2nd Slot in Tests to play the Aussies for Ashes 2007. Spectacular yet predictable & chronic batting failures can lead to Pakistan' exit from Test cricket 4good & stop the PCB patron geting his share of bookie booty.

  • Chairtruck on July 30, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Worst keeper in international cricket at the moment. If he is serious about playing for Pakistan, he should go back to the domestic scene and possibly look to do a stint for a county team to gain experience. Otherwise, he should become a carpenter or something and hang his gloves for good.

  • on July 30, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I don't understand why PCB doesn' wake up!! The person who continues to make the same mistakes everytime, doesn't wanna learn, is also rumered to have incited fellow team members against Younus/Yousuf in collaboration with his buddy Shoaib Malik, is made Vice Captain of the team! On what basis may I ask, Oh I know, due to his batting which is extremely poor, his wicketkeeping which is completely piece of trash or fogetable and lastly his attitude which is absolutely unruly and matter of concern!! I salute the PCB and it's so called chairman, the elderlyMrButt!!

    I know the PCB would turn deaf ears to people's comments and suggestions on improvisation however we the public should never stop voicing concerns and reminding them of theirwrongdoings

    Look at another blunder!Younus/Yousuf are treated as piece of trash or used as tissue paper! Look at the way India treats its legend Tendulkar,and look at our board!! May Allah save our National sport which seem in a total state of disarray

  • ArmaanKirmani on July 30, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Courage or no courage if wicket keeping technique is flawed at this level the player should be replaced. Kamran is good with bat but his primary role is of a wicket keeper which he has failed on numerous occassions. It is time PCB and tour managemnt to reevaluate . Although Pakistani batsman played very poor cricket the damage would have been been minimum had Kamran took the easy chances he missed. He should work on his technique if he wants to be in the team

  • Dhanno on July 30, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Butt has made a huge mistake here. By openly discussing the truth he has incurred the wrath of Akmal brothers, who will now go on a strike and no more test matches could be played.For this transgression (a.k.a speaking truth) Butt will be banned from 6 months + fined 30 million dollars and akmal bros banned for life and 60 million fine for each. In the subsequent board meeting the PCA heads will realise that they cant come to a conclusion on what is a million. So everyones fine will be reduced to 60 dollars and Butt will be banned for lifetime after which he will declare he is retired. Akmal bros will be made the next captain and vc of the team. Look out Butt, a small action will cause a lot of pain in....

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  • Dhanno on July 30, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Butt has made a huge mistake here. By openly discussing the truth he has incurred the wrath of Akmal brothers, who will now go on a strike and no more test matches could be played.For this transgression (a.k.a speaking truth) Butt will be banned from 6 months + fined 30 million dollars and akmal bros banned for life and 60 million fine for each. In the subsequent board meeting the PCA heads will realise that they cant come to a conclusion on what is a million. So everyones fine will be reduced to 60 dollars and Butt will be banned for lifetime after which he will declare he is retired. Akmal bros will be made the next captain and vc of the team. Look out Butt, a small action will cause a lot of pain in....

  • ArmaanKirmani on July 30, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Courage or no courage if wicket keeping technique is flawed at this level the player should be replaced. Kamran is good with bat but his primary role is of a wicket keeper which he has failed on numerous occassions. It is time PCB and tour managemnt to reevaluate . Although Pakistani batsman played very poor cricket the damage would have been been minimum had Kamran took the easy chances he missed. He should work on his technique if he wants to be in the team

  • on July 30, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I don't understand why PCB doesn' wake up!! The person who continues to make the same mistakes everytime, doesn't wanna learn, is also rumered to have incited fellow team members against Younus/Yousuf in collaboration with his buddy Shoaib Malik, is made Vice Captain of the team! On what basis may I ask, Oh I know, due to his batting which is extremely poor, his wicketkeeping which is completely piece of trash or fogetable and lastly his attitude which is absolutely unruly and matter of concern!! I salute the PCB and it's so called chairman, the elderlyMrButt!!

    I know the PCB would turn deaf ears to people's comments and suggestions on improvisation however we the public should never stop voicing concerns and reminding them of theirwrongdoings

    Look at another blunder!Younus/Yousuf are treated as piece of trash or used as tissue paper! Look at the way India treats its legend Tendulkar,and look at our board!! May Allah save our National sport which seem in a total state of disarray

  • Chairtruck on July 30, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Worst keeper in international cricket at the moment. If he is serious about playing for Pakistan, he should go back to the domestic scene and possibly look to do a stint for a county team to gain experience. Otherwise, he should become a carpenter or something and hang his gloves for good.

  • MaarifSohail on July 30, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    The problem is quite complex. Kamran has dropped enough catches since Pakistan tour of England 2006. The bookies would have to find some new representative in this Pakistani cricket team. With younger brother Umar, also about to make his well deserved exit due to repeated failures. Bookie Representation in Pakistan needs something new.Bookies came into the Under 19 World cup, courtesy Naseem Ashraf Malik, when Umar Akmal threw the semi final and got picked for seniors..Something is bound to happen soon as all this is happening right in front of the ICC, its obvious that all these fake rankings are only possible if yesteryear s WasimAkram are replaced by Sohaib Maliks. Sinister & less than sportsman like behavior of Inzy by forfeiting & allowing England to climb up to 2nd Slot in Tests to play the Aussies for Ashes 2007. Spectacular yet predictable & chronic batting failures can lead to Pakistan' exit from Test cricket 4good & stop the PCB patron geting his share of bookie booty.

  • on July 30, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Drop him as wicket keeper for tests and play him as batsmen only, he's better than others.

    Keep him as keeper for ODI/20Twenty.

  • wfaizi on July 30, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    enough is enough....i hope they'll give someone else a chance in the next test.because i think this test is out of pakistan's reach....

  • on July 30, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Well Pakistan keep playing him and he keeps making costly mistakes. I don't think the missed chances are even Akmal's fault really, the blame lies with whoever was stupid enough to select him for Test cricket. No doubt he is an asset in shorter versions of the game but in Tests he is more than useless, he is an outright liability, the man single handily lost us a series in Australia and he doesn't get runs in tests. Sarfraz Ahmed is basically a better version of Kamran, a keeper who can bat, a truly good choice would be someone like Naeem Anjum or Gulraiz Sharif who, although aren't good batsman, are technically great wicket keepers. In the generations in which we were most successful we had Wasim Bari, Rashid Latif and Moin Khan, no coincidence, none of them was as good a batsman as Kamran but all of them won Pakistan matches by virtue of not just taking chances but also half chances.

  • sharprider on July 30, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Now, how much more ridiculous could it be? Giving away life after life even though you know that the bowling conditions are favourable for the fast bowlers and there is every likelihood of snicks and edges coming your way! Who else than the vice-captain of the fielding side would know the importance of a scenario like that? If that's the case, the best step would be to relieve Kamran of the vice-captaincy so that he can concentrate on his real job, i.e. wicket-keeping first and batting, of course. Any further faltering should be taken seriously by the management regardless of the fact that he has a promisingly talented younger brother (Umar) upon whom Pakistan batting depends a lot (unwisely, though because we have some good middle-order batsmen waiting in the wings to be called up for duty).

  • on July 30, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Their is no doubt Kamran Akmal is a talented wicketkeeper/batsman but he is not consistent i`ve been obseving him and I find that he takes the hardest of chances and drops the easiest of them he has got to seriously concentrate on his game moreand stay focus or else sarfraz ahmed or haider are going to take his place.