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Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal expressed his disbelief after he was overlooked for Pakistan’s upcoming ODI series against Australia.
Akmal seemed on track to be recalled to the national team following a string of impressive performances on the domestic circuit, where he excelled with the bat in all formats.
However, the 34-year-old reiterated that he was shocked upon learning that he would not be travelling to Australia to feature in the five-match ODI series.
“It’s very shocking for me to not see my name in the team,” Akmal told The Express Tribune. “I was confident of my selection after the PCB took my passport to register for an Australian visa and I am very disheartened over the snub.
“A player can only perform to force his way into the team again. I have performed in all formats of the domestic season and my form is for everyone to see. I want to ask the selection committee and team management what else I need to do to return to the national team?”
It is understood that the national selectors, including chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, wanted to select Akmal, but Pakistan’s team management and head coach Mickey Arthur was opposed to him being picked for the ODI series.
“If the selection committee doesn’t have the power, then it should not be criticised for the side’s failures and only the team management should be held responsible,” Akmal said.
Despite the setback, Akmal insisted that he will continue pressing his case for an international comeback.
“I am not stopping here. I [will] continue the hard work until it pays off,” he said.