Troubled Pakistan wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal, may make his international comeback into the national squad after being dropped over a year ago.
Sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), told PTI that Akmal was being considered for the upcoming ODI and Twenty20 International match against Bangladesh, after being given clearance by the board to train with the team.
“The Chairman of the Board, Zaka Ashraf has finally cleared Kamran to be considered for national selection that is why he is now training with the Pakistani players at the NCA,” a source said.
Akmal, who has represented Pakistan in 53 Tests, 137 ODIs and 38 Twenty20 Internationals, has not been considered for selection since the 2011 World Cup.
The PCB dropped Akmal due to horrible run of form, and because there were suspicions that he was involved in the match-fixing scandal, which saw three players, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt all end up in prison.
“Kamran has now also been cleared on the integrity form and given that he has regularly been playing domestic cricket and performing pretty consistently, he is now in line to be considered for the one ODI and one Twenty20 against Bangladesh later this month in Lahore,” another source confirmed.
The same source also stated that Akmal had been authorised to come back into the national squad while Pakistan were playing their ODI series against England in the UAE.
“Even former coach, Mohsin Khan, in a meeting with the PCB Chairman and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, had pleaded that the national team still could make lot of use of the experience and skills of Kamran Akmal,” the source said.
Akmal, played in the recent Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), in which he performed exceptionally well for the Sylhet Royals, and even captained the side in the last few matches they played.
Former Pakistan captain, Mohammad Yousuf, has also begun training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), but, sources in the PCB stated that he was only training to get ready to play in the domestic league.
NCA chief selector, Iqbal Qasim, said: “It is good to hear that Yousuf is training again as there is no doubt about his quality as a player and his services to the national team are well known but if he wants to be considered for national selection once again he has to prove his form and fitness once again.”
Qasim, also had similar comments for Akmal, and wished him all the best in trying to get selected for the national squad once again.