Getting dropped helped banish wicket-keeping blues: Kamran Akmal

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 09:52 hrs

London: Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal reckons that getting dropped from the squad for the second Test against England at Edgbaston provided him a perfect period to reflect on his form and technique, and believes that his poor form with the gloves is behind him now.

Kamran, who has struggled both with his wicket keeping and batting throughout the England tour, said there were some technical issues which he has been trying to resolve with batting coach Ijaz Ahmed and experienced middle order batsman Mohammed Yousuf.

"There have been some technical issues with both the bat and the gloves. I have been looking at the batting issues with Ijaz Ahmed and more recently with Mohammad Yousuf. Missing the match at Edgbaston gave me the ideal opportunity to assess my game and it was the perfect time for some reflection," Kamran said.

Kamran, who was included in the playing eleven for the just concluded Oval Test match only after Zulqarnain Haider was ruled out because of a finger injury, said he has also received tips on wicket keeping from veterans like Alec Stewart, and Wasim Bari.

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"Alec Stewart provided me with some tips on my wicket keeping and I have been implementing Alec's ideas and thoughts. 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," he said.

Vice captain Kamran also showered praise on teenager Mohammad Amir, saying the responsibility the teenage pace sensation is showing with both bat and ball defies his age.

"Amir's cool and calm display was heartening for everyone. He's showing fantastic responsibility with both the bat and ball and it's great to have him in the team and a good sign for the future of Pakistan cricket," he said.

Commenting on Salman Butt's captaincy, the veteran of 52 Tests, spoke highly of his leadership skills, and added that he enjoys playing under him.

"Salman is doing a good job. He came into the job under difficult circumstances, but has really done a good job. He's very approachable and is getting the best out of the boys. He's only a young guy, but he's leading the team very well against good opposition," Kamran said.

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