Jeepers keepers! Kamran Akmal replaced by his brother

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal  was a surprise omission when Pakistan announced their latest  batch of central contracts yesterday.

The 29-year-old Kamran, a veteran of 53 tests, 137 one-day  internationals and 38 Twenty20s, has been replaced by his  younger brother Adnan Akmal, 26, who toured New Zealand last  year.

Senior players Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria also missed  out on new contracts. “I am disappointed but I just need to keep on playing  domestic cricket and prove my form to the selectors and board,”  Kamran told Reuters.

He played in the 50-over World Cup at the start of the year  but was then dropped from the test tour to West Indies in April  and May due to inconsistent form behind the stumps.

Kamran Akmal

Kamran has made six test centuries and five hundreds in  one-day internationals.
In one World Cup match against New Zealand he dropped Ross  Taylor twice in one over from paceman Shoaib Akhtar and the  batsman went on to score a match-winning hundred.

Kamran said he was working hard on his technique and seeking  advice from former Pakistan captains and keepers Moin Khan and  Rashid Latif.

Malik and Kaneria have not played for the team since the  test series in England a year ago.
Pakistan take on Zimbabwe in a one-off test in Bulawayo next  month before the two sides contest three one-dayers and two  Twenty20s.

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