LAHORE: Discarded Test wicket-keeper/batsman Kamran Akmal, who stole the show in the just-ended Pakistan Super League (PSL), has declared himself fully fit to play in all three formats for Pakistan.
â€œAt 35, I am quite fit to play in all three formats. Misbah is still fit [and playing] at the age of [approximately] 43 but some people are making an issue of my age,â€ Kamran said while speaking as guest of the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) here on Monday.
To a question, the stocky gloveman who usually bats top of the order due to his power-hitting ability, said though he had been performing well in the last couple of domestic seasons it was up to the selectors to pick him for national duty.
â€œInstead of getting disappointed, I tried my best to continue playing my best cricket in domestic circuit during which my confidence played a vital role,â€ Kamran with 53 Tests and 154 ODIs and 54 T20 Internationals under his belt underlined.
Lamenting that despite giving good performance on domestic circuit he didnâ€™t receive any attention from the previous selection committee (headed by Haroon Rasheed), Kamran said the incumbent chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had met him during the domestic matches and watched his performance.
Meanwhile, Kamran, who last played a Test in August 2010, ODI in June 2013 and T20 International in April 2014, reckoned he had no competition with recently-installed ODI captain and T20 skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, adding, â€œI am ready to play as batsman under his captaincyâ€.
Commenting on foreign cricketersâ€™ visit to Lahore to play the PSL decider, Kamran said credit for this should also be given to former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi and owner of Peshawar Zalmi Javed Afridi who amid security concerns successfully convinced their foreign players to come to the provincial capital for the high-profile final.