Akmal makes shocking claim about selection procedure for Pakistan’s World Cup team

Kamran Akmal believes Pakistan's World Cup squad was picked on which players the selectors like and dislike cricket

Kamran Akmal: “If the team is selected on liking and disliking, then it will be a loss for the team, and that is what [has been] happening for the past five, six years”

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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal believes that the World Cup team was picked based on who the selectors like and dislike.

In fact, Akmal feels that this has been the trend for the past five or six years.

“If the team is selected on liking and disliking, then it will be a loss for the team, and that is what [has been] happening for the past five, six years,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.

Many people are optimistic that Pakistan will do well at the World Cup in England and Wales since they won the Champions Trophy in England in 2017.

However, Akmal questioned what the national team have won as of late other than the Champions Trophy.

“Apart from winning the ICC Champions Trophy, what has Pakistan won?” he said.

He also noted that if the selectors are picking the national team based on players’ performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), then the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shouldn’t hold any other domestic tournaments.

“If they want to select [the] team from T20s, the PCB should shut down domestic cricket. Players are playing [at the] World Cup on the basis of one or two good spells in T20 [cricket],” he added.

Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.