Kamran Akmal, Pakistan’s wicketkeeping batter who has not been around the national panel for quite a while, has often targeted favouritism in the team. He says there not used to be such a culture back in time, but it has been significantly noted over the past some years.
Akmal, who was last seen playing domestic cricket in 2021, and has not been considered by PCB massively in recent times, believes favouritism is not only limited to national but also to domestic cricket. He feels it will destroy the team in the coming times.
“I have been talking for the last four to five years about liking and disliking the team. The same thing is happening in domestic cricket. This will damage Pakistan cricket as these things are coming out and have now become obvious.”
The 40-year-old cricketer has advised choosing the team on merit rather than friendships. He says even in High-Performance Centers, the best coaches are sided, and friends and references are preferred. Kamran further mentioned that not only the skipper but other factors are responsible too.
The concerned individuals used to form good teams. The best way is to dig out performance. We can’t say only the captain is doing it. PCB Chairman must start from High-Performance camp where best coaches are thrown out, and friends are being appointed,”
The wicketkeeping batter has also termed the PCB management ‘aggressive’ and has reminded us that it will not stay forever in the system.
“There is no coordination in management; they are egoistic and think that they will remain in PCB for their whole life. I have seen that all the blame is associated with players, and management doesn’t take it on to them. The past three coaches also blamed players and didn’t accept that our decisions were wrong,”