PCB has to improve pitch standards: Adnan Akmal
Wicket-keeper batsman Adnan Akmal hailed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) a new domestic structure, saying that the system will help the sport in all three game formats.
Talking to the Karachi media after his unbeaten 107 for Southern Punjab against Sindh, Akmal said that the only thing that needs improvement is the standard of pitches.
“Kookaburra balls are good for cricket. It will help everyone to improve the standard of their game. Everyone, including batsmen, fast bowlers and spinners, has a chance to improve,” said Akmal to the media.
“However, we need to improve the quality of the pitches; they’re a bit dead and we need to make it more sporty,” he said.
Adnan, who is the third member of the Akmal family to play test cricket, expressed satisfaction at the performance of the three siblings this season.
“All three of us play cricket on a regular basis. We’re not going to miss any game, even cricket club, which helps us stay in shape,” he said.
“We don’t feel that we are being victimised or facing any biased treatment. My job is to perform and that’s the only thing I am focused on,” he responded when asked if they feel any bias against them.
Akmal added that he is always available for playing on behalf of his country and will perform whenever he is given the chance.
I got wounded (at the time of the selection) and Sarfaraz came and performed well. Now Rizwan is there too, so there’s a tough competition, but I’m confident that whenever I get a chance, I’ll perform the way I used to before I got out due to injury, “he said.
He also emphasized the need to allow players to grow at home before the test cap has been handed over.
“After playing ten seasons, I came to Test Cricket, which helped me strengthen my nerves, and taught me how to perform according to the situation,” he said.
“A player should not be handed a test cap just after one season or one performance. This is also an injustice to the player who needs at least three to four seasons to groom and grow up as a player,” said Akmal.