Adnan Akmal (Cricketer)

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Born on March 13, 1985, Adnan Akmal is a wicket-keeper batsman for Pakistan. He is the youngest of Akmal brothers in Kamran Akmal and Umar. There seems to be a natural temptation in the family to wear the wicket-keeping gloves and Adnan was no different from his two elder brothers.One of three brothers to play - and keep wickets - for Pakistan, Adnan is the best pure wicketkeeper of the trio; he replaced elder brother Kamran in the Test side when making his debut in October 2010 and he did nothing thereafter to dispel that assessment.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Adnan Akmal

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Born
  • Date:

    13 March 1985

  • Place:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Zunash Adnan

  • Siblings :

    Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Wicket-keeper

  • Bowling Style:

    Right Arm Medium

  • Batting Style:

    Right-hand bat

  • Matches:

    20 in Tests & 5 in ODIs

  • Batting Average:

    25.43 in Tests & 20.66 in ODIs

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    61/10 in Tests & 3/0 in ODIs

  • Runs Scored:

    585 in Tests & 62 in ODIs

  • Test Debut:

    Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai

  • Test Last:

    Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi

  • ODI Debut:

    Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo

  • ODI Last:

    England v Pakistan at Dubai

  • Top Score:

    64 in Tests & 27 in ODIs

  • Domestic team:

    Agriculture Development Bank of Pakistan, Lahore Lions, Multan, North of Pakistan, Pakistan Cricket Board Blues, Pakistan Under-17s, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited

Career

Adnan Akmal After Match
Adnan Akmal After Match

Early Career

He made his first-class debut in 2003 and has played over a 100 games. He was part of the Pakistan Under-17 side as well. With a lot of experience in the domestic circuit, the selectors trusted him ahead of his brother Kamran who was not doing well, and he replaced Zulqarnain Haider during South Africa visit to the UAE in 2010. He debuted in the longest format first, on November 12 in Dubai. His highest score came against England when he batted really well with the lower-order to add 61 runs in Dubai which gave his bowlers the extra cushion to go for the kill against the Englishmen.The knock gave him a lot of credit and he was rated very high by former Pakistani cricketers. He has two fifties so far in his career and a decent average of over 27. But as time went by, he lost his place to Kamran Akmal and then to Sarfraz Ahmed.

International Career

Adnan was added to the Pakistan Test squad in place of Zulqarnain Haider, who announced his retirement from international cricket after allegedly receiving threats from bookies. In the series against New Zealand he performed well to occupy his place in the future. He is Pakistan's A current wicket keeper.[1] Test squad- cricinfo His ODI debut was against Zimbabwe when Pakistan toured the African nation in 2011. He has featured in four other games since then and has done fairly well in the limited opportunities that he has got. However, the selectors don't look up to him as a limited-overs material and has found it tough to get a breakthrough into the national side. He has played for a number of teams in the domestic circuit and is now representing Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited.A strange quirk of fate prevented him from playing for Pakistan much earlier. In 2004, he and Kamran were both called up for a camp before a tri-nation series event. There confusion and chaos reigned and after much deliberation, Kamran was choosen over Adnan.

Test Career

Adnan Akmal As Keeper
Adnan Akmal As Keeper
Consistent domestic success, however, and the continuing errors of Kamran kept him in the frame. Ultimately it took the flight of Zulqarnain Haider for him to earn a Test debut, but polished performances over four Tests justified the pick. In his fourth Test, against New Zealand in Wellington in January 2011, he took eight catches, but was then surprisingly dropped from the Test side, without explanation. He returned to the Test side later that year, hoping to get a longer run as specialist wicketkeeper. Adnan is considered to be the most accomplished wicket-keeper in the country and when the Late Bob Woolmer was in charge of Pakistan, he had reckoned that Adnan was the best pure keeper in the country.


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