Kamran Akmal 'hurt, heartbroken' at being overlooked for Bangladesh T20Is

'I have really worked hard,' says the 38-year-old keeper-batsman

By Web Desk
January 17, 2020

Out-of-favour wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal on Friday said that he was " hurt and heartbroken" as he vented at being overlooked for Pakistan's upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh.

Akmal, who was the number one wicketkeeping choice for Pakistan in the pre-Sarfaraz Ahmed era, failed to make the national squad as chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq retained Mohammad Rizwan, who himself has overtaken Sarfaraz as the new regular.

Akmal, now 38 and possibly fearing that the window for him to revive his international career is closing, took to Twitter to express his frustration.

"[I am ]hurt and heartbroken for not being considered for the team. " he tweeted, adding that "I have really worked hard."

However, he vowed to not "give up, work harder and thanked "everyone who supported me".

It is pertinent to mention here that Akmal was the second-highest score in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019, piling up 906 runs at an average of 60.40.

Having said that, his record in the National T20 Cup in October, was abysmal. In four matches of the tournament, he scored a total of 30 runs — 26 of which came in a single outing, meaning that he scored just four runs in the other three outings.