Pakistan's Kamran Akmal may come back in Australia ODI series after good domestic form

Karachi: Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal is all set to make a comeback to the national squad after nearly two-and-a-half years, having scored a flurry of runs in domestic cricket.

Akmal met chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq in Karachi on Sunday, and well-informed sources said that the wicketkeeper-batsman was inquired about his fitness by the selectors.

 Pakistans Kamran Akmal may come back in Australia ODI series after good domestic form

File photo of Kamran Akmal. AFP

"Kamran, who last played in April, 2014 for Pakistan, is set to earn a recall for the one-day series in Australia in January," a source told PTI.

The source said Akmal had met the chief selector to clarify on a statement that was attributed to him recently, in which he said that he would appeal to the chief patron of the cricket board, prime minister Nawaz Sharif to give him justice and ensure he gets a chance to play for Pakistan again.

In that interview Akmal was also quoted as talking about a possible legal recourse.

"He has clarified his position with the chief selector and assured him he had not said those things and was misquoted," the source said.

Akmal, who has already hit five centuries in the first class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, is presently batting on 27 in the day and night final at the national stadium with a rest day on Monday because of Rabiul Awal.

When contacted, Akmal said he had told the selectors that he realised that Sarfaraz Ahmed had been performing exceptionally well as wicketkeeper-batsman in all three formats of the game.

"I told them I am ready to be given a chance as a specialist batsman as my form is very good and I am very confident of doing well if given a chance to make a comeback to international cricket," Akmal said.

A veteran of 53 Tests, 154 ODIs and 54 T20 Internationals with 11 hundreds in Tests and ODIs, Akmal has been in sparkling form in domestic cricket and has hit five centuries since 1 October when the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy started.

"I am keen to make it six if possible when the final resumes on Tuesday," he said.

Akmal said he had no issues playing as a specialist batsman as he was used to batting at any position for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, tainted former skipper Salman Butt has also caught the attention of the selectors with a solid 125 in the ongoing final and could get his wish of playing for Pakistan again fulfilled.

Updated Date: Dec 12, 2016 17:57:27 IST