Gaffer helps out Akmal
Pakistan's Kamran Akmal said advice from former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart has helped get his game back on track.
Last Updated: 25/08/10 10:57am
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal revealed advice from former England captain Alec Stewart has helped him improve his glovework.
Akmal was dropped after an error-strewn display in the series opener against England, which the tourists lost by 354 runs at Trent Bridge.
Zulqarnain Haider replaced him and made an impressive debut at Edgbaston in the second Test, albeit as Pakistan slumped to another heavy defeat, this time by nine wickets.
But a fractured finger ruled out Zulqarnain for the remainder of the trip and meant Akmal returned for the third Test at the Oval, where the visitors triumphed by four wickets to cut England's series lead to 2-1 ahead of the fourth and final Test, starting at Lord's on Thursday.
Akmal held eight catches in south London and, even if most of them were straightforward, the fact they were taken was a huge to boost to Akmal in particular and Pakistan in general.
"Missing the match at Edgbaston gave me the ideal opportunity to assess my game and it was the perfect time for some reflection." Akmal told the PakPassion.net.
"Alec Stewart provided me with some tips on my wicketkeeping and I have been implementing Alec's ideas and thoughts."
Akmal has also tapped into the thought of legendary Pakistan wicketkeeper Wasim Bari and Paul Farbrace, a former first-class wicketkeeper with Kent and Middlesex who went on to become the assistant coach of Sri Lanka.
"In addition to Alec Stewart's help, Paul Farbrace and Wasim Bari have also provided me with some advice and guidance on a couple of technical issues," Akmal added.
"I've taken on board all of the advice that has been given to me and it definitely paid dividends at the Oval."
Akmal has also been struggling for runs of late but took heart from the way in which England opener Alastair Cook ended a lean run with a century in the third Test.
"All players suffer a bad spell in their career with the bat. Take a look at Alastair Cook who has been struggling with the bat of late, but he has bounced back with a century at the Oval.
"I will look at the way he has fought back with the bat as an inspiration and hope I can do the same at Lord's."