Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal. (Picture Supply: YouTube)

Former wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal has lambasted on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for ingnoring and sidelining veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik for the T20 World Cup 2022. 

Akmal questioned why the PCB is making a giant deal round Malik’s age when veteran gamers of different international locations are nonetheless being thought-about to play by their respective cricket boards regardless of them having bid adieu to worldwide cricket. A pissed off Kamran gave MS Dhoni‘s instance as he’s nonetheless persevering with to play the IPL even after retiring from worldwide cricket greater than two years in the past. 

Is Shoaib Malik unfit or what?: Kamran Akmal

“In England, Alastair Cook dinner is made to play (home cricket). Are they mad? Dhoni IPL khel raha hai. Usse cricket chhode hue 2 saal ho gaye. Usse koi keh raha hai ki na khele? (Dhoni retired from worldwide cricket two years in the past. Is anybody asking him to not play?) Over right here (in Pakistan) I do not know what are the problems referring to the age issue. Is Shoaib Malik unfit or off form? If he’s appropriate to play for Pakistan then let him play”, stated Akmal whereas chatting with Cricket Pakistan.

Malik, who was part of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup final yr within the UAE, has not been within the scheme of issues since Bangladesh T20Is in November 2021. With Mohammad Hafeez retired and Pakistan’s fragile middle-order struggling, Malik and former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed may have been added to bolster their middle-order for the T20 World Cup.

Nevertheless, PCB by no means thought-about the senior gamers as Malik was not even chosen for the continuing house T20Is in opposition to England the place Pakistan’s middle-order has been badly uncovered.

After the Males in Inexperienced’s Asia Cup 2022 defeat to Sri Lanka earlier this month, Malik took to his official Twitter deal with and publically talked concerning the inside politics and favourtism practiced by PCB.