Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal Tuesday confirmed his retirement from all forms of cricket.
In a press conference in the port city, Akmal said he is now focused on new roles in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“Obviously, I will not be playing cricket anymore due to new roles in PCB,” responded Kamran who was added to the national men’s selection committee alongside Yasir Hameed and Mohammad Sami with Haroon Rashid as chairman.
“I will be playing small leagues but that too depends on my responsibilities in a new role given to me by PCB,” he added.
Kamran also abstained from criticizing anyone for being stopped from playing cricket.
The right-hander, who has 1,972 runs in 74 innings and ranks second all-time in runs scored in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), was not selected in the players’ draught for the eighth edition.
He has been serving as Peshawar Zalmi’s batting coach for a week.
The batsman last participated in an international game in 2017 in the West Indies, where he represented Pakistan in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is.
Umar Akmal had already expressed optimism about his brother Kamran’s performance in the role of national men’s team selector.
, According to Umar, Kamran is very knowledgeable about cricket and will offer youngsters fair opportunities.
“Kamran has always treated me and the other cricket players with great kindness. He said, “Everyone learns from him.
“I have no doubt that he will give players a fair opportunity. I’m hoping for the best for him,” he continued. , 58 T20Is, 157 ODIs, and their most recent international encounter were in the West Indies in 2017.
Meanwhile, former captain Shahid Afridi agreed with PCB’s appointment of Kamran to lead the committee that will choose players at tryouts for the U13, U16, and U19 regional and district teams.
Speaking to a local television station, Afridi suggested that Akmal would become a brilliant junior-level selector.
“Kamran is honest and hard-working. I think he is a good choice to select players at the junior level. He is bold and will not take any pressure in the selection of players,” he said.