Pakistan Selectors Spoilt Umar's career: Kamran Akmal

Updated: 24 September 2014 17:08 IST

Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal said he was not happy that those who make team decisions had persisted with younger brother and star batsman Umar as a wicketkeeper in T20 and ODI matches.

Pakistan Selectors Spoilt Umar's career: Kamran Akmal
Umar Akmal is Pakistan's best batsman but he has been burdened with a wicketkeeping job too. © AP

Karachi:

Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal has blamed the national selectors and Pakistan team management for spoiling the career of his younger brother, Umar Akmal.

Kamran said he was not happy that those who make team decisions had persisted with Umar as a wicketkeeper in T20 and ODI matches.

"It is not fair because Umar was not keen to take on this dual role as he is primarily a batsman not a keeper," said Kamran, who has been sidelined by the selectors from the Test side since 2010 and ODI side since last year.

Kamran, 32, said the dual role given to his brother had affected his game and his batting had suffered. (Shahid Afridi Most Unfit Pakistan Cricketer)

"He was not keen on this dual role and he told the authorities but they still insisted he should also keep wickets. It is unfair on him," he added.

The Pakistan team management and selectors have tried Umar as a wicketkeeper-batsman since the last year in T20s and ODIs and in recent times his form in both jobs has taken a downward spiral.

Kamran said that the selectors should groom and develop players with the team management and not hamper them. He pointed out that Umar was still young and if allowed to focus on his batting he can serve Pakistan cricket for many more years.

The selectors apparently have decided not to give Umar the responsibility of keeping wickets in the ODIs for the coming Australia series but whether he will keep in the T20 matches remains unclear.

Interestingly, Umar is keeping wickets for the Lahore Lions in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20.



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