Kamran Akmal


Full name Kamran Akmal
Born January 13, 1982, Lahore, Punjab
Playing role Opening batsman
Fielding Position Wicketkeeper
Batting style Right-hand bat
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Lahore, National Bank of Pakistan, Rajasthan Royals
Relation BrotherUmar Akmal, Adnan Akmal

Kamran Akmal is a Pakistani cricketer who has played Tests, ODIs and T20Is for Pakistan as a wicket-keeper.

International career

He is a quick-scoring batsman and a wicket-keeper, who has achieved 6 centuries in Test innings. However, his first century was vital – his 109 from the number eight position at Mohali, coming in with Pakistan in a lead of 39 against India in the first Test, ensured that the visitors could draw the match. His form against the touring English in 2005 made him one of the most important players in the team. Naturally, he is a batsman that plays lower down the order but has sometimes opened in both Test and One-day cricket. As an opener he has scored two back to back centuries in ODIs against England. Coming in lower down the order in Test matches, he played one memorable innings. He saved Pakistan from a score of 39/6, scoring a century, to a competitive 245 which helped Pakistan win the match and the series.

His batting was highly productive in early 2006 as he scored seven international hundreds within the space of 6 months. Since his tour of England in Summer 2006 however his batting form dwindled and steadily become worse. His wicket-keeping also worsened and dropped many catches on both the England tour and on a tour to South Africa in early 2007. He then scored an international hundred in the Bangladeshi tour of Pakistan in 2008. He later moved to have some injuries and did not play for some days but later he was again brought into the team.

Akmal was dropped for the Asia Cup 2008 as a result of his poor wicket-keeping. He was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed who performed very well at the domestic level and also because of Sarfraz’s strong showing in the U-19 World Cup. Akmal was named in the 30 man probable squad for the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy.

Akmal was part of the Pakistan team that won the T20 World Cup in 2009. He was notable for his quick stumpings, dismissing 4 batsmen in one match against Netherlands.

On 12 November 2008, Akmal hit two consecutive 6s in the last over. As a result Pakistan won the first ODI in Abu Dhabi against West Indies.

On 17 July 2010, Akmal was appointed the vice-captain of the Pakistani test squad but later removed because of his alleged involvement in spot fixing.


Kamran Akmal has been constantly criticized for his lack of consistent wicket-keeping. After another horrendous series behind the stumps against Sri Lanka in January 2009 journalists and former players called for his removal from the national team. His wicket-keeping steadily improved, with a very strong showing in the 2009 T20 World Cup, including a world-record performance of four stumpings in a single match against the Netherlands. However during the second test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground he dropped four catches, including three chances from Michael Hussey in one session on Day 4. Hussey went on to score a match winning century with the Pakistan team losing in a shock result after dominating the first three days of play. He was subsequently dropped for the third test, being replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed. After this tour Akmal saw a steady improvement in his wicket-keeping for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, 2010 Asia Cup and against Australia in July 2010 however the next test series against England saw Akmal drop three easy catches and miss a stumping. The match as a consolation saw Akmal take a superb catch of Kevin Pietersen before dropping a catch on the very next ball against Paul Collingwood. In the first innings Akmal dropped a catch of Eoin Morgan when he was on 23 who then went on to score 130. Despite having another keeper, Zulqarnain Haider, in the squad, Pakistani captain Salman Butt announced it was too early in the series as only one match had been played to decide the fate of Kamran Akmal.

Personal life

Akmal has two brothers, Adnan Akmal and Umar Akmal, who are also professional cricketers. The former being a keeper-batsman and the latter being a batting all-rounder. He married in 2006 and lives with his wife, Aaiza, and their young daughter. He is a graduate of Beaconhouse School System Garden Town,Lahore. On 14 November 2010 it emerged that Akmal and his family had been robbed at gunpoint. The family were heading to wedding near their home when two unidentified people came and held them at gunpoint. The family were safe but the robbers ran away with a thousand dollar diamond ring, jewellery, expensive watches and cash.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 53 92 6 2648 158* 30.79 4196 63.10 6 12 372 14 184 22
ODIs 154 135 14 3168 124 26.18 3779 83.83 5 10 371 34 156 31
T20Is 54 49 6 897 73 20.86 745 120.40 0 5 90 27 28 32
First-class 193 300 29 9232 268 34.06 19 45 673 54
List A 272 238 24 6024 133 28.14 12 20 304 71
Twenty20 134 122 15 2678 82 25.02 2108 127.03 0 18 294 74 78 67

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 53
ODIs 154
T20Is 54
First-class 193
List A 272
Twenty20 134

Kamran Akmal News

Umar dropped from Twenty20 squad pending inquiry 12 Nov 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan has left talented but inconsistent batsman Umar Akmal out of the squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against England on disciplinary grounds, the chief selector said Thursday. The 25-year-old Umar was a...

I will always have the desire and passion to play for my country: Kamran Akmal 15 Aug 2015

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World Cup 2015 Preview: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe – Match 23 Pool B 1 Mar 2015

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Cricket World Cup’s family affair 16 Feb 2015

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Caribbean Premier League 2015 hires Afridi for ($150,000) 7 Feb 2015

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Artists vs cricketers to play T-20 “Salam Pakistan” 27 Jan 2015

Singer Ali Zafar and veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik would lead teams of artists and cricketers, respectively in a T-20 match to be played at National Stadium on 31st January (Saturday). The match is named “Salam Pakistan”, while the them...

Pakistan include leg-spinner Yasir in World Cup squad 7 Jan 2015

Karachi – Pakistan Wednesday included inexperienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah in their 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup, hoping he can fill the gap left by Saeed Ajmal who withdrew due to an illegal bowling action. Ajmal, who has led...

Peshawar Panthers win Haier T20 Cup 2014 championship 28 Sep 2014

Peshawar Panthers were hailed victorious as the new national Twenty20 champions in the Haier Cup on Sunday as they defeated defending champions Lahore Lions by seven wickets in the final at the National Stadium of Karachi. Lions opted to...

PCB to celebrate Independence Day with T20 matches 4 Aug 2014

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is organizing a total of six matches among provincial teams across the country under the banner Taqreebat-e-Azadi T-20 Cricket Tournament from August 6 to August 14. Each provincial team will face on...

I’m a more mature cricketer now: Umar Akmal 19 Jul 2014

Widely regarded as one of Pakistan’s most talented cricketers, 24 year old Umar Akmal has struggled at time to live up to the high expectations and hype surrounding his batting. For almost five years since he made his international debut...

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