Sarfraz Ahmed and Kamran Akmal are fit for Pakistan’s T20 team: Rashid Latif
It will be interesting to see if the duo will get a chance ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Published - Apr 11, 2020 2:52 pm | Updated - Apr 11, 2020 2:52 pm
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Kamran Akmal are the two prolific wicketkeeper-batsmen from Pakistan. They had a great time playing for their national side. But a sudden dip in their form with the bat ruled them out of the team. However, these two players have done a convincing job in the recent past with the bat. And, it looks like they are back in their prime as Rashid Latif, former Pakistan skipper, feels that both of them are ready to play for Pakistan again.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was dropped from Pakistan cricket team in October last year just ahead of the Australia tour. On the other hand, Kamran Akmal donned national jersey for the last time back in 2017 against West Indies. The duo is trying its level best to mark their comeback in the top flight. Moreover, they have performed decently well in the recent past with the willow.
Sarfaraz and Kamran had a decent PSL season
In the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) Sarfaraz Ahmed as well as Kamran performed brilliantly for their respective teams. The former scored 148 runs for Quetta Gladiators and the latter mustered 251 runs in 9 games for Peshawar Zalmi with the help of a blistering ton.
The 51-year-old feels that the duo is fit to play for Pakistan in the shorter format. According to him, Mohammad Rizwan, the 27-year-old cricketer should be used as the first-choice wicketkeeper in Tests and ODIs. “Mohammad Rizwan is the perfect wicketkeeper for Tests and ODIs, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Kamran Akmal are fit for the T20 [team],” Latif was quoted as saying by Ary Sports.
Overall, Sarfaraz Ahmed has scored a total of 2657 runs in red-ball cricket whereas 3114 runs in white-ball cricket. Coming on to the international career of Kamran Akmal, he has mustered 2648 runs in longer format and 4223 runs in the limited-overs format.
With the T20 World Cup to be played in October later this year, it will be interesting to see if the duo gets a chance to prove their mettle in the Pakistan team once again. The head coach cum selector Misbah-ul-Haq has previously cleared that the doors of the national side are open for the performers in the domestic circuit.