Pakistan seam bowler Mohammad Abbas has been in brilliant form in red ball cricket this season and he continued his super run in English conditions as he finished among the wickets yet again.
The 28-year-old was the star for the men in green in the the Lord’s Test against England in May as he picked up eight wickets in the match. Since then, he has enjoyed a remarkable run in county cricket playing for Leicestershire in Division Two of the County Championship.
Abbas picked up five wickets (5-30) in the first innings against Gloucestershire but couldn’t save his team from sinking to a massive 328-run defeat.
It followed his eight-wicket haul (6-48 and 2-50) in the previous clash against Kent. Unfortunately for Abbas, his team sank to a defeat then as well, losing by eight wickets.
This is the third successive first-class match in which Abbas has picked up five wickets or more. He had picked up five wickets against Kent in July.
Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal expressed anguish at his continued omission from the team despite an excellent season.
The 36-year-old stated the team is being selected by captain Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur and it is because of their preferences that he is not getting an opportunity.
“The coach and captain are responsible for selecting a team as they get what they ask for. I didn’t hear any statement from the selectors, but statements have come from coach and captain,” Akmal told ARY Sports channel.
Kamran went one step further and wondered if he needs to hit himself with a bat or burn his kit to attract the attention of national selectors.
“Should I hit myself with a bat or burn my kit? That’s what is left for me to do. Or should I do something else to get the PCB’s attention?” he added.
Pakistan coach Arthur had earlier said Kamran was not a part of his team’s plans as he is trying to build a team around young players.
Kamran started the year with a double century in List ‘A’ cricket in domestic cricket. He then starred with the bat for Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL, finishing as the second highest run-scorer in the tournament with 425 runs from 13 matches.
During April-May, he hit two List ‘A’ centuries in three matches. But it looks like the door has been shut on Kamran’s international career.
The next batch of tickets for the much-awaited Asia Cup India-Pakistan match in Dubai go on sale on Thursday, August 30.
India could play as many as six games in Dubai if they manage to advance to the Super Four stage and then final of the Asia Cup. The six-team ODI tournament features 13 matches and will be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Ticket are available on the official platform Platinumlist and selling out fast.
The highlight of the early stages of the tournament is the India-Pakistan match scheduled for September 19 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Tickets offered in the first round of sales sold out in record time.
The next lot of tickets for the India-Pakistan match will be available for purchase on Platinumlist, starting Thursday, August 30.
Tickets for the 2018 Asia Cup are priced from Dh20 to Dh750. Fans can also buy season tickets for both the venues at attractive prices.
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