Akmal is looking to use the time he has to recover and improve his abilities for the South Africa series early next year
Pakistan Test wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, who recently underwent surgery to his left ring finger, has announced that he is on the road to recovery and hopes to start training soon in order to be fit for the South African tour early next year.
Akmal sustained a hairline fracture to his finger during the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele last month, when trying to evade a brute of a delivery from Sri Lanka pace bowler Dilhara Fernando.
Akmal retired hurt on 10 runs, but came to add 14 more runs before getting out.
Despite being in a lot of pain, Akmal batted in the second innings and together with Asad Shafiq, the pair managed to put together a formidable partnership, which helped save Pakistan.
Since Akmal is not in any of Pakistan’s limited overs squads, he decided to go through with the surgery, and is planning to take the time off to recuperate and start training in time for the country’s next Test series in February.
Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, Akmal said: “The surgery went well and the doctors are satisfied, the single layer rods around it (the finger) will be removed next week. I will start my rehabilitation later this month and have plenty of time ahead of the tour of South Africa.”
Akmal also stated that there was no need to rush his recovery process, and that he intended to take as much time off as he felt necessary.
“This is the first time I have been idle for such a long time with injury but it’s a part of life for a cricketer, finger injuries are routine for a wicketkeeper, and sometimes you have a bad day. I am fine and will make a full recovery in a few weeks. Once I’m fit, I will ensure I won’t get complacent,” Akmal said.
Adnan’s elder brother Kamran, who last played for Pakistan in the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) 50-over World Cup, has been selected in Pakistan’s limited overs squad for the upcoming series against Australia, and will also represent the country at the ICC World Twenty20 next month in Sri Lanka.
With Kamran Akmal making his international return, Adnan noted that he did not feel his spot as wicketkeeper on the Test squad was under any threat at all.
“I am not worried at all, we play for our country and the best out of the lot get picked, so there is no point in being insecure. I can’t say much about him as we are selected based on our individual performances. I so far have played ample number of Test matches (16) and hope to serve the country for long,” Adnan Akmal added.
Chairman of selectors Iqbal Qasim stated that Kamran Akmal had been included in the limited overs squad for his outstanding batting abilities.
“We have tried lots of wicketkeeper-batsmen after Kamran, but nothing was panning out, we need a solid wicketkeeper who can score quick runs and currently Kamran is the only option for us. He has maintained his fitness and more importantly, he has been cleared by the PCB,” Qasim said.