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    "Just give me three chances as an opener" : Kamran Akmal

    KARACHI: Many consider sidelined Kamran Akmal as a spent force; but the wicket-keeper is alive and kicking in the current domestic season.

    The most experienced wicket-keeper in the current Pakistan lot has regained his batting form, making vital contributions for his department — the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in the ongoing President’s Cup One-Day Trophy.

    Kamran, who has played 53 Tests, 154 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 50 Twenty20s, was dropped following last year’s Champions Trophy due to persistent batting failure.

    Even though the player had been preferred due to his batting skills, he scored only 238 runs from 13 ODI matches at an average of just 18 last year, before being dropped.

    However, he has started scoring runs and has so far made 251 from seven innings including a century and a half century in the One Day Cup for his side.

    When questioned about the change in form, he replied to The Express Tribune and said, “The batting order. I am an upper-order batsman in ODIs and T20s. Unfortunately, I did not get enough of a chance to bat due to the relegation in my batting order [in the national squad].

    “I’ve proven this with my performance as an opener in the domestic circuit. I was successful in showing my skills as a batsman in the past because the previous captains [Inzamamul Haq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi] used me as an opener.

    “It’s not justified to expect the same from me while batting at number seven or eight.”

    The wicket-keeper further stated that he needed just three chances to prove his mettle.
    “I am playing well. Just give me three chances as an opener and if I fail to deliver, then I will have no complaints even if I’ll be dropped permanently,” said the wicket-keeper before adding that he was looking to play for Pakistan for the next five to seven years.

    ‘Umar’s formula not beneficial in longer role’

    Kamran, who has undergone 447 dismissals in international cricket, the highest by any Pakistan wicket-keeper, felt Umar Akmal’s dual role was not effective in the longer run.

    “Umar is enjoying his new role [wicket-keeper/batsman], but I think it’s not affective for him as well as for the team in the longer run.

    “He can play an effective role as a specialist batsman. Umar’s batting will later be affected because of this additional responsibility.”

    Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2014.


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    “I am playing well. Just give me three chances as an opener and if I fail to deliver, then I will have no complaints even if I’ll be dropped permanently,” said the wicket-keeper before adding that he was looking to play for Pakistan for the next five to seven years.


    Also can't believe he is competing his own brother. If Umar doesn't play as a wicket keeper, Misbah will ensure he stays far away from Pakistan team. Speaking of which, Fawad should pick up wicket-keeping gloves too.

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    People usually ask for 'one more chance', and he is asking for three, quite unique

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    He can be given a go in 20 20 games.

    He can be destructive as opener.

    Jamshed and Sharjeel have not been setting world on fire.


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    Funnily enough he will be given a chance. Our selectors love tried and tested failures

    Though Umar should play as a batsman and not a Wk, i agree with that.

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    please give give Dhakka from K2 rather 3 chances


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    lol, funny thing is that he probably will get a lot more than just three chances, and you can bet that he will achieve nothing more than one fluke innings..

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    He will find an excuse after those chances as well


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    Did he go on cricinfo and look and see that he has performed once every three matches of late?

    Kamran you had your chance. You were not batsmen worthy you were not WK worthy. Go home. As an opener in ODI you averaged 26. Just give it up.

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    If you were half as good keeper as you are batsman then you probably could have been given these chances. You average only 27 as a batsman.
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    rofl at three more chances


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    Dont forget he got the best shots in his book, and his all those popular matching saving and match winning inning. he was good in t20 world cup! he should be there i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by asfanzzz View Post
    Dont forget he got the best shots in his book, and his all those popular matching saving and match winning inning. he was good in t20 world cup! he should be there i think
    i would love to see the book you are talking about...

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    he could perhaps be tried as a pure opener in T20, has done well there and in big matches.


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    This is the problem with Pak.

    Everyone shooting their mouth off.

    But to be honest, Pak face the same dearth of talent when it comes to WK as India face when it comes to decent fast bowling all rounder.

    Kamran can be destructive but consistency is the issue with him. Can be tested out in T20's

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    time to move on please , we already have lot of 30+ in team


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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    I would prefer to go with youngsters. I think Kamran Akmal has had more than enough chances.


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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    Quote Originally Posted by vandokkum View Post
    i would love to see the book you are talking about...

    Check out his shots during world T20 which we won, check his videos in youtube bro


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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    As a keeper i dont rate him but as an opening batsman if he can Improve abit more he can be good t20/odi opener for us


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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ View Post
    he could perhaps be tried as a pure opener in T20, has done well there and in big matches.
    True, but then it will only be a matter if time before he comes back to the odi team. Plus I doubt umar will ever keep over him


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    No harm in trying him in 20 20 as opener . He can use the power play overs. That is one area where Pakistan are weak.

    Even if he slogs 30 - 40 runs that will give momentum.


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    He thinks he found a magic lamp

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    NO!! If he is drafted in as the t20 opener it's not long before he make's a comeback in odi, beside's he has had plenty of chance's!.

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    He can play as an opener in T20 as Sharjeel and Jamshed are not setting the world on fire..

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    I love him as an opener.

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    He's still the best LOI wk batsman choice we have..

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    I had the displeasure of watching him live against India in the Champions Trophy last year. He was opening in that game to. The way he tried to slog Ashwin across the line was reminiscent of a Mohammed Irfan or Junaid Khan shot. He is beyond useless as a batsman and to give him the gloves would be a crime against wicket-keeping.

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    Achaa ab samajh mai aya
    That was the reason he said Umar Akmal should not be played as a Wkt keeper.


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    Why is it unfair? He averaged the same down the order as he did as opener. An average of 26 is not acceptable.

    He could be useful in T20s, always done well there. With the T20 world cup coming up, we should perhaps seriously consider him there. He's decent with the gloves in T20 too, better than umar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSN View Post
    He's still the best LOI wk batsman choice we have..
    Umar is a better keeper and a far better batsman.

    I hope sarfraz shuts the door for this drop machine.


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    he can be good as an opener in ODIs and t20s. Pakistan need someone who can attack during powerplays.

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    3 chances Lol this not a mohalla team where you openly ask for this type of favor

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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    Hmmm looks confident ;)
    But not as a keeper again even if u get a chance

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    I also want chance as opener. For me 2 are enough.


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    Sarfaraz hits a 70 and this guy is scrapping it now

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    Re: "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    I use to be a fan of Kami before his batting became a flop. If he is performing in domestic then we should give him a go in T20 as an opener. It sounds like a step backwards but he still has some years left in it and it's just pyjama cricket.


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    When he asks for THREE chances, you've gotta give him at least one.

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    We Can,t Play You as Opening Batsman

    Go back in domestic Cricket and work on your Keeping Skills

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    No . Stay out of the team .

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    A mid 20s avge in odis opening says he is useless as an opener in odis - lets move on


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    I don't think he'd be bad as SOLELY an opener. Umar can continue to keep.

    Besides, he's asking for three chances. Looks pretty confident begging for 3 tries. Give him a go, thrice, and if he fails, kick him into oblivion.


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    His keeping has improved. Was superb with the gloves before being dropped. It was his batting which let him down which was surprising. Now his got his batting form back, its time to bring him back into the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    His keeping has improved. Was superb with the gloves before being dropped. It was his batting which let him down which was surprising. Now his got his batting form back, its time to bring him back into the team.

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    well.. he's best wicketkeeper in limited cricket Pakistan ever produced... I think its a good choice kami as an opener... He's attacking player.. and about his keeping skill... Well, you need to replace half of players, thy are too butter fingers, they too drop catches..
    the only one who not drop catches in Pakistan team is afridi...


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    The Akmal Brothers.

    Failing to make the most of their talent for 5 years.

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    Give him another chance

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    20 20 WC needs a strong Hitter up front , Pakistan should give him a go there.


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    Kamran Akmal gets unfair stick at times. He has messed up big time on a number of occasions, most notably at Sydney but he deserves another go. Dhoni drops catches every other game too and is a terrible wicket-keeper, yet you don't see Indians calling for his head. Pakistani fans should be more patient with their players IMO. Kamran is a lot more talented than the likes of Dhoni and the only difference is India have given Dhoni enough chances to showcase his skills while Pakistan have not. Hope to see Kami back soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Changa.banda View Post
    Kamran Akmal gets unfair stick at times. He has messed up big time on a number of occasions, most notably at Sydney but he deserves another go. Dhoni drops catches every other game too and is a terrible wicket-keeper, yet you don't see Indians calling for his head. Pakistani fans should be more patient with their players IMO. Kamran is a lot more talented than the likes of Dhoni and the only difference is India have given Dhoni enough chances to showcase his skills while Pakistan have not. Hope to see Kami back soon.
    This cannot be serious.

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    These stats are for those who says that kami can play as an opener or as a finisher etc etc he have pathetic avg on every position he have batted barring 4th one because of his not out + he have just played 3 innings at that position
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    Quote Originally Posted by razabbas View Post
    These stats are for those who says that kami can play as an opener or as a finisher etc etc he have pathetic avg on every position he have batted barring 4th one because of his not out + he have just played 3 innings at that position
    Better than other WKs...


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    here is funny thing I truly believe... even if we give him 3 chances, he will fail all those 3

    I can picture his face and smirk in his third odi failure

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    Kamran the problem is not with your batting.. It is with your keeping.. What if u score here and there.. But drop catches.. And miss stumping..

    Some body show him the list of his drop catches and miss opportunities.. I dont think i would want you in the team.. You have already so much damages

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    He has an amazing conversion rate as an opener.

    4 hundreds to one 50. When he's in he usually scores hundreds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade-Runner View Post
    When he asks for THREE chances, you've gotta give him at least one.
    Averages more than Sangakkara in India and against New Zealand.

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    Needs 3 chances to hold on to a catch maybe. Can't go back to kamran now. Should play him only in T20's if at all.

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    I think he should be selected for The Asia Cup.

    He will get 4 games as an opener.

    vs. Afgh, BD, SL & IND.

    If he fails, then we will never select him again. Sounds like a good deal, to be honest

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    every one will keep asking then give me top positon so i will make runs it doesnt work that way , Kamran after his comeback in 2012 vs Australia in UAE did nothing their , failed in T20 WC after that failure again with bat in india, Fail again in SA , rubbish again in Champions trophy .. this is some huge number of chances


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    This is a professional team for heavens sake what is e doing?begging or something?
    3 chance aur day do plz..wth!

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    Dude's behaving like he is asking for 3 days of extension for defaulting on a loan premium payment.


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    Kamran Akmal forgot what happened to Oliver twist when he asked a similar question "Please Sir.....Can i have some more??!!!"


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    And this is why he should stay away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    He has an amazing conversion rate as an opener.

    4 hundreds to one 50. When he's in he usually scores hundreds.
    and the rest of the time he doesnt score When was his last 100 btw? 2005 or something?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    and the rest of the time he doesnt score When was his last 100 btw? 2005 or something?
    Think it was 2009 vs Australia chasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    He has an amazing conversion rate as an opener.

    4 hundreds to one 50. When he's in he usually scores hundreds.


    Talk about skewing the facts. The fact that he has just 1 50, if that is true, shows he is ridiculously bad. He has been playing for Pak for billions of years and making 5 50+ scores in all that time in odi cricket is just terrible.

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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    For me one of the great keeper batsmen in world cricket. He is a dead cert for an opening slot, well he should be anyway.

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    He has only himself to blame for his shoddy wicket keeping. He was very efficient with the gloves in 2004-2005 but got lazy, put on weight and those wicket keeping skills declined.

    The amount of catches that he dropped ie 90 or more have cost Pakistan so many games and destroyed so many careers, in any team a wicket keeper taking his catches is a given. The amount of runs he scored just do not compensate.

    A wicket keeper who is dropping catches is like a team with ten players. I remember how people were crying can we please have a keeper who atleast takes his catches and to hell with the runs he scores.

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    Well, we should keep an eye on his domestic performances in T20's from now on. If he scores a lot of runs and doesn't drop too many catches, we will give him a go in T20.

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    I think he can be useful as an opener, if aslam, sharjeel and jamshed struggle to do anything noteworthy, i think his keeping has improved too and in the sa tour in march he played up the order and he done well.

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    Re: "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzi View Post
    For me one of the great keeper batsmen in world cricket. He is a dead cert for an opening slot, well he should be anyway.

    He hasn't had a big score since he saved that one test back in inzi days. Apart from his very third class keeping, he is a hack. One of the posters pointed out how usually players would ask for 1 chance. He is asking for 3 like he knows that he will probably fail the first two. Wasted player who, like AROD should know when to hang his cleats

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    and he hit another fast century

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    Hopefully Sarfaraz has secured the WK spot.
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    We have to hope he stops scoring these runs..

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    he'll be given a change again I am sure, and will make lose world T20.


    Hate Ganguly and Manjrekar

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    He is in good batting form so can be a good partner of Shahzad and he is definitely a better keeper than Umar.
    So yeah he can be slotted back in the squad

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    This is why our team has suffered in the long run. Giving so much weight age to a keepers batting even above his primary discipline.

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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    We give him three chances and he will be caught at point three games in a row

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    "Just give me three chances as an Opener" : Kamran Akmal

    Quote Originally Posted by JilaWatan View Post
    He hasn't had a big score since he saved that one test back in inzi days. Apart from his very third class keeping, he is a hack. One of the posters pointed out how usually players would ask for 1 chance. He is asking for 3 like he knows that he will probably fail the first two. Wasted player who, like AROD should know when to hang his cleats

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    He's no hack. I would put him second behind Gilchrist as a keeper-batsman. Great batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uzi View Post
    He's no hack. I would put him second behind Gilchrist as a keeper-batsman. Great batsman.
    This is an insult to Devilliers. If Gilchrist dropped even 20% of the catches Kamran has dropped he would have been history irrespective of his batting average being in the 60's.

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    Shows that still his priorities are horribly wrong..

    If he had said that "just give me 3 chances as a keeper... and if I make a single mistake, never select me again"........


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