The Pakistan cricket team had a disappointing evening when they lost to Sri Lanka in the 2022 Asian Cup final on September 11. Following the Asian Cup, Pakistan is currently facing England in a seven-game T20I series, at their home ground. Apart from this, Pakistan Cricket Board also announced their team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, which featured big names like Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem, but it didn’t consist of veteran batter Shoaib Malik’s name.
However, former Pakistani wicketkeeper batter Kamran Akmal lashed out at PCB for their selection policy and criticized coaches for bias in choosing the domestic teams.
“I have been talking about likes and dislikes in the team for the past four to five years. The same is happening in domestic cricket. This will hurt Pakistani cricket as these things are coming out and have now become apparent. this culture was not there. Has anyone talked about these things in our time compared to today where players say openly? The individuals involved used to make good teams,” Kamran told Cricket Pakistan.
“The best way is to dig out performance. We cannot say that only the captain does it. PCB chairman should start from the High Performance camp where the best coaches are thrown out and friends are appointed,” he added.
The former wicket-keeper went on to say that PCB chairman Ramiz Raja should ensure senior players should become part of the domestic teams.
“Ramiz Raja should know that the value of a cricketer is whether he is part of an international team or not. We can also see in the National T20 Cup, those who have scored 5000 runs are in the second XI. Can he do it Nadeem Don’t ask Khan, Mohammad Wasim and selectors what they’ve done with the national team? If players can’t find their way to the national team, shouldn’t they also play in their own country?” he asked.
“Alastair Cook is still playing domestic despite his retirement in 2018, MS Dhoni still playing IPL, are they crazy? But here they are starting to chirp about age,” he added.
In the series against England, Pakistan claimed victory in the fourth T20I with three runs on Sunday as the series now stands at 2-2. The fifth T20I will take place on September 28 in Lahore.
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