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Kamran Akmal has admitted that it is “painful” to keep being ignored by the national selectors, but insisted that he hasn’t given up on representing Pakistan again.
Akmal has been one of the most consistent performers on the domestic circuit for the last few years, but has not played for Pakistan since April 2017.
In the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), Akmal, who is playing for Peshawar Zalmi, has scored 154 runs in nine matches at an average of 17.11.
“As a player, it is my job to keep on producing the goods with the gloves and willow and leave the rest [to] the selectors,” he told The Nation. “Last four years were very difficult for me as despite being a top performer, I was being ignored and it was very painful.
“I think the selectors must keep in mind the players who produce results and they should be given the nod of approval when it comes to selecting the national team.”
Meanwhile, Akmal noted that the selectors are making a grave mistake by resting a host of players for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia later this month in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan have decided to rest captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali for the series.
“I think the players, who are picked will be in the eyes of the selectors for the World Cup, which is just around the corner,” he said. “There is no time left for experiments as all the other major teams have shortlisted players for the World Cup.
“After the PSL, I think a few new faces might get the nod of approval and they should be given a priority for the World Cup. If the selectors want to give rest to players, they should have done this against South Africa. Now [there] is very little time left and resting Sarfraz can create problems for the national team [at the] World Cup.”