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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has blamed captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur for constantly overlooking him when it comes to picking players in the national team.
Akmal last played international cricket in April 2017, but has been one of the top performers on the domestic circuit.
In addition to pointing the finger at Sarfraz and Arthur, Akmal also took aim at chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, saying he does not have a voice when it comes to making decisions as to who will be included in Pakistan’s squad.
“These days, only the coach and captain decide who plays in the side,” Akmal was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “It seems that the chief selector does not have a major say in such decisions although the decision should be unanimously taken by all three.”
Infuriated at being snubbed repeatedly despite his stellar performances at the domestic level, Akmal mulled over whether he needs to go to extremes to make a case for himself.
“Should I burn my kit bag or hit myself with a bat? Perhaps the only time I will come under reckoning is courtesy of a miracle,” he said.
Despite being 36, Akmal insists that he is still fit enough to withstand the hardships of international cricket.
“My fitness and performance is there for everyone to see,” he said. “I don’t think my cricket playing days are over yet.”
Meanwhile, Akmal also lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for for issuing notices when players voice their opinions on certain matters.
“If I am going to raise my voice for my rights, a notice will be served in response,” he said.