Karachi: Aug 9, 2011
Disappointed at losing out on a central contract for the second part of the year, discarded Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal has vowed to make a comeback in the good books of the Cricket Board (PCB) by virtue of his strong performance in the domestic circuit.
Apart from Kamran, the PCB yesterday omitted former captain Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria from the list of 28 new centrally contracted players for a six-month period from July to December this year.
"I'm extremely disappointed. I admit that it was my mistake but I think I deserve another chance. Somehow it's the board's decision and I don't want to say much. I've earned the contract for eight years and losing this one is not a big deal," he told Express daily newspaper.
"The selectors were not satisfied with my performance but I just need to keep on playing domestic cricket and prove my form to them. I'm 29 and fit so I feel that there's at least six years of cricket left in me," said Kamran, who has till date played 53 Tests and 137 ODIs for Pakistan.
"Everyone makes mistakes but the important thing is learning from them. I vow not to make them again. No wicket-keeper loves to drop catches."
Kamran was in category A of the PCB contract for the first half of the year but has not been selected for the national team after showing inconsistent form in the World Cup early this year.
He was was replaced by Mohammad Salman for the West Indies tour.
However, Salman was subsequently dropped after he failed to impress and Kamran's younger brother Adnan Akmal was recalled to the squad for the tour of Zimbabwe.
Apart from Kamran, the PCB also did not award central contracts to the likes of former limited-over skipper Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar as they have announced their retirements from international cricket.
Meanwhile another discarded Pakistani cricket Faisal Iqbal has lashed out at the PCB after he was ignored from the list of centrally contracted players.
Faisal said he was being victimized by the board for being the nephew of former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad and he deserved a contract based on his domestic performances. (PTI)