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Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal is seeking an answer on why he continues to be left out of the Pakistan team despite putting up a string of superb performances on the domestic circuit.
Akmal has excelled in all formats in domestic cricket in the 2016/17 season and his run of good form has continued in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he has scored 208 runs, which includes two fifties, for Peshawar Zalmi in eight matches.
Having done everything possible to capture the attention of the national selectors, Akmal is now demanding an answer on why he continues to be overlooked when it comes to international cricket.
“I have been performing [well] in both the domestic season and in the PSL,” he said. “I have proven my fitness through my performances, but even then I am left out of the national side.
“I want to know how players like me, who have been doing well in domestic tournaments, will make a place in the national side.”
Should he fulfill his goal of representing his country once again, Akmal pointed out that he can continue to do so for the next four to five years.
“I want to give my best in the four-five years that are left in me,” he added. “I haven’t given up till now and am still performing.”
However, if he doesn’t get selected for Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies next month, the 35-year-old admitted that he will have to think long and hard about his future.
“If I get selected, then my hard work would have paid off, but if I don’t get picked then I will decide what to do [next],” he conceded. “My family and my domestic team members have always supported me and motivated me, which has kept me going and I hope my hard work pays off.”