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Kamran dropped from final eleven!

Kamran dropped from final eleven

HOBART: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the final eleven for Hobart test series against Australia, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Pakistan has dropped wicket-keeper and vice captain Kamran Akmal and made three other changes ahead of the third Test against Australia in Hobart.

Akmal has been replaced by rookie keeper Safraz Ahmed after a bizarre standoff between the vice captain and selectors, with Akmal repeatedly insisting his place in the team was safe.

The gloveman - who dropped four catches as Australia pulled off a miraculous victory at the SCG last week - was forced to 'drop himself' as he is part of Paksitan's four-man selection panel.

Pakistan manager Adbul Raquib said the panel unanimously decided to play Safraz ahead of Akmal.

In other changes, Shoaib Malik and Khurran Manzoor have come in for struggling batsmen Faisal Iqbal and Misbah-ul-Haq, while teenage paceman Mohammad Aamer returns in place of Mohammad Sami.

Meanwhile Australia has recalled opening batsman Simon Katich, who will replace Phillip Hughes at the top of the order.

Pakistan: Mohammad Yousuf (captain), Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Mohammed Asif, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal (12th man).

Others may call me cynical that I always used to criticize and not anything constructive, so this wont be new, but just see for yourself, a day before the shameful defeat against the Aussies (no doubt we should congratulate the Aussies for keeping their cools) even the Indian Media was saying that Team Pakistan is about to make a history, defeating a test match against Australia in Australia after 15 years, last time they won a test match against the Aussies were in 1995 in the captaincy of Wasim Akram, but just because of dismal performance of Kamran Akmal, even Aamir Sohail openly said in a TV program post match result, that Aussies have not won against us but we gifted the match served in a tray to them, others also claimed that they've not won but we've lost...

I am not taking side of Moin Khan or Rashid Latif, but it has been time since they've retired long time back, still they look more fitter and athletic than Kamran Akmal, like Rashid Latif mentioned in a press conference after Kamran Akmal practiced in his academy that the one drawback of his is that he's over-weight and just because of that he can't make swift movements like Brad Haddin made to take the catch of Salman Butt in the final innings of Sydney test.

So why he was so persistent and no other substitute keeper was along him in order to have competition like we used to see between Rashid Latif and Moin Khan? Even in teams like Sri Lanka, where at times they used to have Romesh Kaluwitherana (sorry if I spelled wrong) and Kumar Sangakkara, and now Kumar Sangakkara and Prassanna Jaywardene into competition, its good that we persist with a unchanged line-up altogether but this sorta competition is required, which was not seen after 2004 when Moin and Rashid were all out from the cricketting scene.

Its my personal opinion that there would be some positive competition like students in their student lives have it with other student, in this way you can avail positive results, again I'll "criticize" the weak management of the Pakistan Cricket Team which fell into players' power because of which many deserving candidates (don't want to name them for some reasons) weren't able to get chance in the team although their performance was much better than that of the currently playing players, most importantly, Misbah-ul-Haq, whose own batting form is questionable who after T20 world cup in 2007 (3 years ago) wasn't able to produce that kinda form but still he was recalled for the home-series against the Kiwis in New Zealand, when he was playing a private league in Bangladesh voiding the currently played domestic circuit matches of the most prestigious domestic tournament of the country, i.e. The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, so what would be the emotional level of those deserving players who played so well, even in the 2006 U19 world cup held in Sri Lanka, we saw how Pakistani U19 pace-battery took on the opposition and let us won the U19 world cup for the second time after a low scoring encounter which everyone expected would be one sided encounter and the boys in blue will bulldoze the boys in parrot green. Why so aren't we using that talent?

If its for the friendship going on, friendship would be more suitable if the "friend" is also deserving for such favour, that kinda friendship is acceptable, but such friendship which shows that they're more playing for cementing their places instead for the pride of the country and nation, what should we be dong to them, than!


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