With the onset of the eighth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL), cricketers are busy getting in their best form while also answering some burning questions people have had for a while. At a recent press conference, Kamran Akmal, the wicket-keeper batter, addressed the accusations from critics who claimed he hasn’t publicly praised his younger cousin and top batter, Babar Azam. Kamran explained that he refrains from praising his brothers, including Babar, so that the world can acknowledge their accomplishments on their own.

“It’s not like the way it is portrayed. Actually, I try not to praise my brothers, be they Umar, Adnan, or Babar. I want the world to praise them,” he explained.

“Babar is an outstanding player. I don’t think we have such things in our minds. I want him to continue performing,” he added. “Everyone knows how skilled he is, and his work ethic is brilliant. He understands how a batsman needs to perform on an international level,” he said, further praising Babar’s skill and expertise along with other batsmen.

Leading up to the new PSL season, Babar Azam and Kamran Akmal were reunited. Babar was appointed as the captain of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise in the T20 tournament, while Akmal was named the head coach of the same side.

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Earlier, Kamran also confirmed his retirement from all forms of cricket and shared his plans to take on new responsibilities within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“Everyone has to retire one day or another. Obviously, I will not be playing cricket anymore due to new roles in PCB,” he said. “I will be playing small leagues, but that too depends on my responsibilities in a new role given to me by PCB.I don’t think after you come into coaching or become a national selector you can focus on playing,” he added.


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