Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur has questioned Kamran Akmal’s fielding and believed that it is one of the reasons that the leading run scorer in Pakistan Super League is not being considered for the national side.
Arthur, who is also the head coach of Karachi Kings in PSL, was talking to post match press conference at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Answering to a question, he told, “he (Kamran Akmal) batted outstandingly and is really a good batsman but to play international cricket, you gotta be able to do three disciplines very well. He was poor in the field in the last West Indies tour, I am not sure if I have seen like it to change.”
Kamran Akmal is currently the leading run scorer and the owner of Hanif Mohammad cap in the PSL. The wicket-keeper batsman also holds the record of fastest fifty and fastest century in the league.
Talking to the post match press conference at Gaddafi Stadium, Akmal told that he was doing everything to be selected for the national side and that if his fielding was the issue in series against West Indies, he has improved a lot. “Coach has his own mind, he has to run the national side, whatever is the best for Pakistan, he should do it. My job is to give my 100 percent,” he told.
Answering Arthur’s concern about his fielding, he told that anyone can have bad day in field and reminded Karachi Kings’ performance in the qualifier against Islamabad United in Dubai. “We all drop catches. Even Karachi Kings dropped a few in last match against Islamabad,” he told.
“I haven’t given up on my hopes. I have three-four years left, I will keep doing my job and try to perform my team,” he continued.