Akmal says PM Imran should ask PCB chairman about cricket’s dismal state
Statesman Report
LAHORE: Disgruntled national cricketer Kamran Akmal thinks that Prime Minister Imran Khan should ask Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani why the standard of cricket in the country is in dire straits.
Akmal, 38, considered one of the better wicket-keeper batsmen, was unable to find a spot even in the sizable 29-man squad for the upcoming tour. He was ruing that and wondering why he is on the outs with the selectors when he made the remark about Mani.
In an interview with Geo Super, Akmal expressed his disappointment at being constantly ignored despite what he said were his stellar performances in the domestic circuit.
"I am not getting a chance despite my performances. The way I have been treated over the last five years is no secret," he said.
"The previous selection committee did not pick teams on merit. Performances were sideline and the sole selection criteria back then was personal likeness. The people in coaching and management setup over the last five-six years have hurt our cricket.
As the PCB's patron-in-chief, the prime minister should ask Ehsan Mani why the standard of cricket is in a downward spiral as he has entrusted him the responsibility to oversee the game. Ehsan Mani, too, should inquire why are teams composed over personal likeness and dislike.