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Time to blood a new wicketkeeper - Waqar

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April 5, 2011

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Kamran Akmal completes the run out of Cameron White, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 19, 2011
Kamran Akmal slipped-up several times during the World Cup, drawing sharp criticism © Getty Images
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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said it is time for a new wicketkeeper to be blooded in the side as a replacement for Kamran Akmal

"This debate over the wicketkeeper'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," Waqar told reporters in Lahore. "It's the right time to groom a wicketkeeper." Akmal's glovework has come in for sharp criticism in recent times, especially during Pakistan's tour of Australia in early 2010 as well as in the World Cup, during which he spilled several chances.

Pakistan lost in the semi-finals of the World Cup to India and Waqar said that while the loss was "disappointing", the team had done well to reach the last four and he advised against making any sweeping changes. "It's routine for people to ask for radical changes after a team crashes out of the World Cup. I agree that it is time to build a new team but that does not mean you replace all the players with youngsters, as was done after the 2003 World Cup. We need to maintain a balance between experience and youth which will ensure stability in the team."

Waqar, who still has a year left in his coaching contract, said Pakistan allowed India to "overwhelm" them and the team failed to handle the pressure at several key points. "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."

Waqar was in Lahore to meet PCB chief Ijaz Butt. The Pakistan selectors meet later today to select the squad for Pakistan's tour of West Indies that begins on April 18.

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Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 1:25 GMT)

adnan looks better than sarfraz ... sarfraz is not good enough for internationl level.... adnan akmal was very good against new zealand

Posted by short_cover on (April 6, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

I guess it is our nature to elevate people when they do good and ridicule them the moment they slide... so I'll add my 2 cents. What we must remember is that Afridi was never captain material and it was just one of PCBs mindless decisions. So while Umar Gul could bowl good on a given day we cant blame him for continuing to get overs in this match. Afridi did his best and thats all we can expect. Younis/Misbah were great disappointments and they should be relieved from limited overs. It is finally good to see the slide of Akmal reign over PCB ... may be this time Ijaz Butt got something on them!! Waqar could do what ever he can but he is not a batting coach and Intikhab, well cant say much there. It is good to see Miandad coming in as batting coach (even Saeed Anwar would have been fine). Hopefully he can put some sense into the youngsters.. which is what they lack, not talent. Unfortunately, there is no captain in sight for ODIs... no one is stable enough.. we can only wait and hope.

Posted by roughraven on (April 6, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

I agree with alot of people on their veiws. 1. We really need a new coach 2. We need to drop the so callled "veterans" and add youngsters 3. Find a new Wicket keeper 4. Get a batting coach for the love of everything that is nice

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

i am surprised by the inclusion of Misbah for WI squad. He should be no more.

Posted by Ibaad1 on (April 6, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

One feels an urge to see Kamran Akmal humiliated and kicked out of the team because of his glaring blunders behind the stumps, but if we think about it calmly, he and Hafeez make a very good opening pair. Their stats in the 11 innings they have opened together are pretty good, (Avg around 60+ runs / innings with 2 100s and 4 50s) ... Both are free stroke players, with good techniques and a wide range of shots. And we don't have any other opener for ODIs and T20s. I think we should retain him as an opener and include Safraz Ahmed in the squad as a regular keeper.

Posted by sukuviju on (April 6, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

Keep Kamran Akmal, he is loved by every cricket team. Evert batsmen look confident when Kamran is keeping.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

Kamran Akmal would come back again after WI series because of Umar Akmal and his father who enjoys excellent relations with PCB officials.Moreover, Shahid Afridi is not a deeply thinking captain as Dhoni or Smith and makes his decision in haste.His way of talking reflects his hasty personality.The only way pakistan team can flourish is to get rid of all the Akmals and appointing a batting coach alongwith bowling coach.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

Why not Sarfaraz Ahmed? Hard to drop him in future to bring back Kamran? or Karachite problem? Shame on Mohsin & But..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

perhaps the name of this article could have just been, 'time to blood a wicketkeeper'

Posted by siabbasi on (April 6, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

Agree with the coach - couldn't change strategically highly important position in cricket field set up suddenly. Let's groom a champion.

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