A for Akmal, D for Drop: Fans troll Kamran Akmal for dropping a sitter in Pakistan Super League

Kamran Akmal can’t seem to ‘catch’ a break. The Peshawar Zalmi wicketkeeper is grabbing the headlines yet again after dropping the simplest of catches in his side’s clash vs Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday.

During the penultimate over of Quetta’s chase in Rawalpindi on Monday, with his team needing an improbable 50 runs from 10 balls, tailender Sohail Khan skied one off Hasan Ali. Akmal ran to his right settling nicely under the ball only to see it graze his gloves and hit the ground.

The commentators, who were confident that Akmal would complete the catch to see the 8th wicket fall, were shocked as soon as the ball hit the ground. “Dropped! What is he doing?”: exclaimed one of the commentators.

Fans were not going to relent at Akmal’s latest error:

Recently, Akmal had lashed out at Pakistan selectors after he was ignored for the 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh at home.

Pakistan announced a 15-man squad for the 3-match T20I series, starting January 24. Despite the likes of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez returning to the T20I squad, there was no place for Akmal who has been one of the most consistent performers in the domestic circuit.

Kamran Akmal finished the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20 as the 2nd highest run-scorer, collecting 906 runs in 11 matches at a staggering average of 60.40. Akmal was also the 2nd highest run-getter in Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 with 357 runs from 13 matches.

Expressing his frustration at not getting a recall despite his consistent performances, Kamran Akmal said he will not be tolerating the attitude of the selectors towards him.

“I don’t lose heart but there is a limit. It’s been 5 years, you have brought a new system which will have the best quality, best talent and whoever performs will automatically be considered,” Kamran Akmal told Pakistan news channel AAP.

“Should I go and perform in India or Australia to be considered? I am Pakistan’s player, I have been performing since 5 years, how much should I tolerate it? Should I go to the Prime Minister and say this is my performance for 5 years?

“If there’s someone who is playing ahead of me with fantastic performances, that’s fine. I said play me as a wicket-keeper if needed.

“In T20, there is a spot available but you are forcefully playing someone else. This is Pakistan’s team, keep Pakistan in front. If someone is performing, they should be picked.

“There are many players like me who are deserving, like Fawad Alam, look at his performances. I think his limit has been reached. Am I talking without performances?

“There’s a World Cup coming up, I have performed in PSL, and in domestic in all formats and I am a top performer. Misbah should look at these things. Before this, what Mickey Arthur did with Pakistan’s cricket.”

However, on Thursday in Rawalpindi, Shoaib Malik hit a half-century and Wahab Riaz marked his first game as captain with 3-21 as Peshawar Zalmi earned a 30-run victory over title defenders Quetta Gladiators in a rain-affected match.

Malik’s 54 off 27 balls propelled Peshawar to 170-6 after a wet outfield had reduced the game to 15 overs per side.

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