ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s dashing wicketkepper opening batsman Kamran Akmal looked highly frustrated over his continuous omission from playing XI from his side Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League.

While talking exclusively to The Nation from Bangladesh on Saturday Kamran Akmal said it Chittagong team management is giving highly strange and unacceptable team to Pakistan players as he along with world class off spinner Saeed Ajmal and top T/20 performer like Umar Akmal were left on the bench since last four matches and had made them mere spectators.

“I had made it clear to my agent before signing the contract that I am coming to BPL only to play cricket not to sit on the bench. This snub would badly hamper my chances of booking a berth in Pakistan team for next year’s World T/20 Cup. My agent had given me assurance that I would be given maximum games and he had clearly confirmed that Tilakaratne Dilshan was not in the side but later Dilshan also joined the team.”

Kamran said his job is to play cricket and it is quite hurting to sit on the bench in almost every match. “A lot of other teams in BPL had contacted me and wanted my services and ready to offer me place in the playing XI, but I declined as I want to honour my contract. I had also requested Chittagong Vikings management to release me if they don’t need my services so I could return home and play in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and other domestic tournaments. But so far, my requests are not listened. I had scored loads of runs in domestic cricket and scored back-to-back centuries in the Quaid Trophy. I was enjoying the form of my life. Instead of taking benefit from my superb form, Chittagong are keeping me out of the playing XI.”

He said it was frustrating not to play active role in helping his team in the BPL. When asked if things continue is same fashion what would be his next step and whether he would return home or honour his contract, Kamran said: “I want to play cricket and that is simple. I don’t know what should I do? I hope they would understand my importance and provide me opportunities so I could prove my worth. I am facing double frustration, I could easily open the innings and also kept behind wickets, but I am not considered for both roles as Dilshan is opening the innings and Anamul Haque is keeping behind the wickets. I am restricted to only bench.”

When asked about his chances in the Pakistan squad for the World T20, Kamran hoped selectors would keep him in mind, as his vast experience both as wicketkeeper and as batsman could serve the country’s cause. “I am ready to serve country as a batsman and my presence in the squad would definitely boost Pakistan chances in the World T20. I could easily resolve Pakistan batting woes and could play anchor role in helping green caps win yet another World T20 title. But it all depends upon my selection and what selectors, head coach and the PCB chairman think. I am always ready to play for the country whenever given an opportunity,” Kamran concluded.