Younis stands by Akmal
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is reluctant to drop Kamran Akmal despite his horror show against New Zealand.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 09/03/11 11:22am
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is reluctant to drop Kamran Akmal at the World Cup despite his horror show against New Zealand.
All eyes were on the 29-year-old in Tuesday's 110-run defeat to the Black Caps as the wicketkeeper had a wretched day behind the stumps.
Akmal dropped three catches including centurion Ross Taylor twice, and it proved costly as the Black Caps posted a match-winning total of 302-7.
Younis attempted to deflect some of the criticism levelled at the Lahore-born player, although he warned the maligned wicketkeeper his place is in jeopardy once the tournament ends.
"After the World Cup maybe we can think about it, but we are in the middle of the tournament and I don't think we can make such a change," he said.
"We have five days off in which we will try to rectify his mistakes because in such a short time we can't rectify all mistakes.
"We can't kick him out at the moment, we can try to make him better for the next game and make sure he won't make the same mistakes."
Akmal also dropped Scott Styris off the bowling of skipper Shahid Afridi, who was reported to have said after the game that Akmal's younger brother Umar may take the gloves for their next match against Zimbabwe on Monday.
"It is very much an option and we might try it in the next game," Afridi told Pakistan station Geo TV.
"We have five days before the next game so whatever is better for the team we will try it. My job is to back him, to support him and hopefully he will do his best."