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Kamran Akmal slams PCB after West Indies T20Is reduced  

The 39-year-old believed that this move showed that Pakistan was not being given importance on the world stage  

Kamran Akmal slams PCB after West Indies T20Is reduced   PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, in a Youtube video on Tuesday, slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the Twenty20 International’s (T20I) against West Indies were reduced.  

The 39-year-old believed that this move showed that Pakistan was not being given importance on the world stage.  

“The T20I series between West Indies and Pakistan is about to start. I was saddened when the schedule was announced and a match was removed from the series. I am saddened because I feel that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) or Pakistan team does not hold importance. The biggest thing is that our think tank, which comprises of PCB officials, should not have agreed to reduce a match. They could have taken it further, similar to how they did with Australia. They should have rescheduled it,” Akmal said.  

“No one can stop the problems created by Covid-19. International teams have to adapt accordingly. Pakistan should have a say in these matters and debate them. I think Pakistan had made a blunder earlier by reducing a Test match in favor of T20Is. Now even reducing the T20I is an unacceptable development. It is not a good thing for Pakistan cricket. I don’t think they take Pakistan seriously. I think the management should think about this because this is not right since Pakistan has a big history in cricket,” he added.  

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The wicketkeeper-batsman stated that spinners would dominate in the first T20I series between Pakistan and West Indies in Barbados.  

“The best thing would be for Pakistan to win the upcoming series. It is really important for their confidence. West Indies’ team, no doubt, is really great. They won a T20I series against Australia. We have seen in the last match in Barbados that it wasn’t a high-scoring pitch and the spinner dominated. Our spinners will have a lot of responsibility. It is a chance for Shadab to regain his confidence. He needs to perform as he has in the past. Usman Qadir is an outstanding spinner. He has variety. He just needs confidence and self-belief because spinners have been dominating there. Then you have Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz. We will have to see who plays between them. I think Imad will be more dangerous on these pitches,” he said.  

“Sohaib Maqsood is yet to deliver according to our expectations after his run in the recent PSL. I think he should be rested, and Fakhar Zaman should play at number three. Azam Khan should play at number five while Mohammad Hafeez should slot in at number four,” he concluded.