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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was less than impressed with head coach Mickey Arthur’s comments about why he wasn’t picked for the recently concluded three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies in Karachi.
Akmal excelled during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) as he finished as the tournament’s second-highest scorer with 425 runs at an average of 38.63.
However, explaining why he was snubbed for the series, Arthur had said: “Kamran Akmal is a very good batsman, but unfortunately he can’t field. We [already] have Sarfraz Ahmed as our wicketkeeper. Fielding is non-negotiable. If you can’t field, you can’t play for Pakistan. Simple as that.”
Akmal didn’t take too kindly to Arthur’s comments about his fielding standards, and was quoted by the Business Recorder as saying: “To say something like that before the media is not good and PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) should check this.”
While Akmal didn’t like what Arthur had to say, he made it clear that he will continue making a case for himself to be selected in the Pakistan team.
“It may be true [that I have no place] in his [Arthur] view but I am still playing and putting in good performances. One’s cricket does not come to an end based on [what] someone else says, so I hope to perform well in the upcoming Pakistan Cup,” the 36-year-old said.