|Posted by anccricket on October 24, 2008 at 1:57 AM|
Full name Adnan Akmal
Born March 13, 1985, Lahore, Punjab
Major teams Pakistan, 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
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Relation Brother - Kamran Akmal, Brother - Umar Akmal
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.
Had it not been for a selection miscommunication back in 2004, Adnan may have played for Pakistan much earlier and longer. Both Kamran and Adnan were called up by accident for a national camp before a tri-series tournament and after much confusion over who was wanted, Kamran was kept. The late Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's coach at the time, felt Adnan to be the best wicketkeeper in the country.
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 last Test he took eight catches, before he was surprisingly dropped from the Test side, without explanation in 2011.