ISLAMABAD - Test-discarded wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal Wednesday showed full confidence in the newly-appointed chief selector Inzamamul Haq and was fully convinced that neglected player like himself would surely get a full chance now on merit.

“I am more convinced with the arrival of Inzamam that all the neglected players chances got huge boost and we would surely get a chance, as Inzamam always give top priority to merit and never ever considers personal relations. If that would have been the case then his nephew Imamul Haq would definitely have become part of the team as he is performing reasonably well in the domestic cricket.”

Talking to The Nation, Kamran said he was pleading this for the last six years that a person like Inzamam calibre should be given some role to streamline things in Pakistan cricket.

“I am a big admirer of Inzamam, he was the one who gave me lot of confidence and he had performed both as player and captain for the country. His matchless record speaks itself. Pakistan cricket team badly needed a person like Inzamam to steady the ship. It is a matter of grave concern for every Pakistani to watch Pakistan team at number 9 in ICC ODI rankings and at number 7 at T20 rankings. Being the former world champions in both formats, such decline is by not acceptable. But now with Inzamam being appointed as chief selector, I am sure, he would use all his experience and knowledge to help players regain their shattered confidence and Pakistan climb back to ICC rankings.”

Kamran said as a player it is his responsibility to train hard ensure he remains at the top of his fitness levels and added that he had never ever think about even a day that his playing days for the national team were over.

“I had always performed both with the gloves and willow. I am training very hard at National Cricket Academy (NCA) under trainer Yasir Malik and my wicket keeping trainer Abdul Majeed”

When asked about whether he is disappointed not to be selected for the training camp announced by the PCB and whether he is happy that at least his younger brother Adnan Akmal got selected, Kamran replied: “No I believe in performance. It is up to the selectors whether they pick me or not and my job is to shut critics mouths up with my performances, which I gave on consistent basis. My bat was full of runs during the recently concluded ODI tournament in Faisalabad. I am happy that Adnan got the reward for his tireless efforts and hard work, but it is nothing to do with family. Adnan has his own worth and selected purely because of his performances while I would continue to fight for my place in the national team and I am sure my hard work, passion and desire will pay off very soon.”

When asked about Umar Akmal’s axe from the training camp over disciplinary issue, Kamran said: “One must understand players are also human beings. We also have families and private life. If a player had missed practice session, misbehaved, under performed in the match or comes late during the match or involved in any dubious activity during training time, he must be given punishment. But after hard training almost 7-days a week, players also deserve some rest. They are free to enjoy life. Yes they must not visit places which are not meant for them, but going out for enjoyment with friends and other players is their right and I don’t feel anything wrong in it. Public is everywhere, they take pictures with players and post it on social media, which result in hype and invite trouble for players. If a player refuses a fan to take picture even then we land in trouble. I request fans and media to give players due respect and just like they care about their families, also give same care to our families as well.”

He said players should be dropped in case they fail to live up to the expectations in the field, but players should not be given punishment while they are off the field. “I am quite sure, now things would change in positive way and negativity would fail,” Kamran concluded.