Kamran Akmal’s glaring mistakes brought a shameful defeat to Pakistani team against New Zealand. The 29 years old Pakistani wicketkeeper has at many times dropped critical dismissals and has been criticized by the experts and cricket fans. He dropped two catches of Ross Taylor on three deliveries that ended up with a fierce century by the Kiwi batsman, what a disgrace. But wait, the PCB management is about to make another big mistake.
From the start of this World Cup, the Pakistani team management has been promising to learn from their mistakes and here they repeat again. Kamran Akmal’s brother Umar Akmal is now considered to replace Kamran behind the wickets. In this situation, Pakistan needs a full-time specialist wicketkeeper and is Umar Akmal a specialist wicketkeeper? No I guess. He is an occasional wicketkeeper. Senior players like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram have at times urged for a specialist.
There is another option that is badly ignored for some reason, Asad Shafiq. The right-handed batsman Shafiq is the full-time wicketkeeper in the domestic teams like Karachi Blues, Karachi Dolphins and Karachi Whites. Both Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq have been good with the figures in domestic cricket but Shafiq is a better keeper as compared to Akmal brothers. Think about it PCB!
Now when the openers have failed too, Asad Shafiq becomes the ultimate need in the batting line-up too, so just bring him in.
This is the time when Green Shirts are not in a position to take risks. The management has now to choose the interest either of Pakistan or the Akmal trio.