Adnan has no guilt replacing brother from Pakistan team

Updated: 21 January 2012 18:43 IST

Pakistan's young wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal says he has no guilt over replacing his elder brother Kamran in the national team.

Adnan has no guilt replacing brother from Pakistan team

Karachi:

Pakistan's young wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal says he has no guilt over replacing his elder brother Kamran in the national team.

"No, there is no such feeling that I am taking his place in the team. Our family believes that whoever plays for Pakistan should give his best and contribute to the team doing well," Adnan said in Dubai.

26-year-old Adnan, who stood out in first Test against England with his sharp keeping and impressive batting, said he was proud to be the third Akmal brother to play for Pakistan.

"There is no competition among us brothers. We try to support each other all the time. Kamran is presently out of the team but he is playing domestic cricket and is there for me," said Adnan who has been Pakistan's regular wicketkeeper in Tests since late 2010.

"Kamran was the first in our family to play for Pakistan and is the eldest. So obviously he has a special place for us," he said.

Adnan became the third Akmal brother to play for Pakistan after Kamran and Umar and he had 45 dismissals behind the stumps in 11 Tests he has featured in so far.

Kamran, 30, played in 53 Tests, 137 ODIs and 38 Twenty20 International matches after his debut in 2002 but has not been selected for the national team since 2011 World Cup. His last appearance was in World Cup semifinal against India at Mohali.

Adnan said he was delighted to be part of a team that has been doing well in Tests in the last one year.

"Yes it is a good feeling to be part of a winning team and I think we are doing well because everyone contributes in some way to the team," he said.

Adnan, who scored a match-winning 61 against England, said he had faced no pressure while at the crease.

"No, there was no pressure I was just watching every ball and than deciding what to do. When you are playing for your country than you are expected to do well and contribute in some way to the team," he said.

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