Akmal pays price for drops

Pakistan gloveman dropped for Hobart Test

Last Updated: 12/01/10 1:05pm

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Akmal: Dropped

Akmal: Dropped

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Pakistan have handed a debut to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for the third and final Test match against Australia in Hobart.

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"I have already spoken to Kamran and I think he understands. These things happen in cricket. I'm sure he's good enough and he'll come back."
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Sarfraz replaces Kamral Akmal behind the stumps after the recognised wicketkeeper-batsman endured a nightmare second Test at Sydney.

Akmal dropped four catches during the 36-run SGG defeat, a result which sees Australia take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the final Test.

Akmal retains a place on the four-man selection panel for the clash in Tasmania but coach Intikhab Alam confirmed a change behind the stumps.

"Unfortunately Kamran had a bad game but he is a very good wicketkeeper-batsman," he said.

"It can happen to anyone but the fact of the matter is Sarfraz has been sent here and we will give him a chance."


As for Kamran still being involved in team selection, Intikhab said: "It has happened in the past.

"We were in Sri Lanka, the vice-captain was Misbah-ul-Haq and he wasn't having a good time and we decided in the meeting. At times you have to take that tough decision and we'll take that decision. And there is no doubt that Sarfraz will play.

"We have a three-member committee but this time the manager will also sit in. We're sure the right decision will be taken and he will have a vote as well.

"I have already spoken to Kamran and I think he understands. These things happen in cricket. I'm sure he's good enough and he'll come back."

Kamran's younger brother Umar missed a scheduled workout on Monday with some reports claiming he refused to take part in protest at his sibling's treatment.

Pakistan's chaotic build-up has been in stark contrast to that of Australia, who have won the last 11 Tests between the sides.

The only likely change to their side is the return of opener Simon Katich, who has recovered from an arm injury.

New South Wales team-mate Philip Hughes, who filled in for Katich in Sydney, has been released to play for the Blues in a Big Bash game on Wednesday night.

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