Ex-players and fans vent anger against Akmal

Published: March 9, 2011
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (R) is watched by Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as he plays a shot during the Group A match in the World Cup Cricket tournament between Pakistan and New Zealand. PHOTO: AFP

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (R) is watched by Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as he plays a shot during the Group A match in the World Cup Cricket tournament between Pakistan and New Zealand. PHOTO: AFP

PALLEKELE: Emotional cricket fans went berserk on Twitter and Facebook, venting their frustration against fumbling wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and demanding he be dropped from the team.

Kamran gave century-maker Ross Taylor two astonishing let-offs during Pakistan’s 110-run defeat against New Zealand on Tuesday, missing two regulation chances when the batsman was on nought and eight.

Taylor went on to hit an unbeaten career-best 131, lifting New Zealand to an imposing 302-7 in the World Cup Group A clash before Pakistan were restricted to 192 all out.

Ex-players took aim at the hapless Kamran. “I only notice when Kamran performs well behind the stumps, bad wicket keeping is routine for him,” a sarcastic Rashid Latif, a former national team wicket-keeper, told AFP.

Another former captain and wicket-keeper Moin Khan blasted team management for keeping faith in Kamran. “It’s wrong to play Kamran consistently after his poor keeping,” said Moin. “When you give so many chances in a World Cup match, you have to pay the price.”

Former captain Imran Khan said Pakistan must move on from the defeat. “Pakistan should learn fast from their mistakes and move on from here, if they don’t it will hurt their campaign.”

Another former paceman Sarfraz Nawaz believed the bowlers were demoralised by the costly lapses. “Once Kamran dropped those catches, the bowlers got demoralised and his poor keeping cost Pakistan the match,” said Nawaz.

Fans also voiced their anger across social forums on cyberspace.

“Has Kamran applied for political asylum in Sri Lanka?” tweeted Farhan Saya, referring to former wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled Pakistan’s team hotel in Dubai last year and sought asylum in Britain.

One fan said on Twitter: “Has Shahid Afridi told Kamran that he has dropped the World Cup with two catches?”.

Others listed Kamran’s home address in Lahore, for fans to express their anger. Zafar Iqbal posted a message on Facebook: “World’s greatest birthday gift declared by Guinness — Kamran Akmal for Ross Taylor.” Taylor celebrated his 27th birthday on Tuesday.

Another Twitter message said: “Kamran thinks being a wicket-keeper means letting the batsman keep his wicket.”

Another fan, Mohammad Parekh, asked: “What do Kamran and Michael Jackson have in common? They both wear gloves for no reason.”

Angry reactions from die-hard fans are common in the sub-continent. The most recent came when the West Indies team bus was stoned after they defeated co-hosts Bangladesh, in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram received death threats after his team lost the 1996 World Cup quarter-final against India, while angry fans attacked the houses of Indian players following their first round exit from the 2007 World Cup.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Syed
    Mar 9, 2011 - 2:56PM

    we all know why akmal brothers are in the team .. they are the main match fixers.!!! Recommend

  • IZ
    Mar 9, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Every player has an off day. Kamran Akmal seems to have 365 of them in a year.Recommend

    Mar 9, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Kamran Akmal has been so generous to the opponents lately that every team who is playing against Pakistan in this WC will pray that he keeps the wickets which will give them a chance to win against this formidable team. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 9, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Why such a player is still in the team. Even Younus Khan is a better keeper than Kamran. Team should go with Younus as keeper and add a specialist batsman or bowler instead of him.Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 9, 2011 - 5:17PM

    i think he can be very handy with the bat, they should retain him as a specialist batsman. as far as calling Akmals “Parchis” is concerned, come on guys dont you think there have been by far worse parchis in pak cricket? who were not good for batting, fielding or anything to do with cricket!Recommend

  • Adil K. Kushtiwala
    Mar 9, 2011 - 5:54PM

    “Wonder if Kamran Akmal’s wfie will ever let him hold the baby”..a friends status on FB.Recommend

  • rd
    Mar 9, 2011 - 8:23PM

    I would luv everyteam except India should have one Kamran, he is so helpful to opposition….we all love him…c’mon guys, To err is human, Kamran is an human being…not animal(to tell u the truth he never keeps like human)….have funRecommend

  • Abhishek Pareek
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:52PM

    @IZ- hahahhahahahaha…. i am laughing like anything.. superb comment dear..

    Guys, don’t you think that this time nothing could be predicted about WC final. every team is beating up the other one. I am an Indian and badly wanna see India holding WC and nothing less, but the bowling side is not being very effective with us and we have not had any dominating win against any team yet. so as being a die hard fan of this subcontinent me too is having a heavy heart for my country and have sky high expectations.. Pakistan and afridi was showing some guts.. matches are all going interesting.. cricket is Winning persistently..Recommend

    Mar 10, 2011 - 10:52AM

    Guys pl dont worry as you are still doing better than us. Cant imagine that the number one team tipped to win the WC is performing so miserably even against the minnows. We need a big jolt before Q/F to perform better. Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Untill hafeej and akmal there they cannot win it’s trueRecommend

  • Nabil
    Mar 12, 2011 - 9:59AM

    Kamran Akmal is a disgrace. He deserves to be hanged when he gets back to Pak. I really hope he gets attacked when he gets home. Dirty match fixer.Recommend

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