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Fans vent at bungling Akmal

2011-03-09 10:36

Pallekele - Emotional cricket fans went berserk on Twitter and Facebook, venting their frustration at fumbling wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, and demanding he be dropped from the team.

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Kamran gave century-maker Ross Taylor two astonishing let-offs during Pakistan's 110-run defeat against New Zealand on Tuesday, missing two regulation chances when the batsman was on nought and eight.

Taylor went on to hit an unbeaten career-best 131, lifting New Zealand to an imposing 302-7 in the World Cup Group A clash at Pallekele stadium before Pakistan were restricted to 192 all out.

The defeat sparked a furious reaction from fans, who demanded Kamran be kicked out.

"Has Kamran applied for political asylum in Sri Lanka?" tweeted Farhan Saya, referring to former wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled Pakistan's team hotel in Dubai last year and sought asylum in Britain.

One fan said on Twitter: "Has Shahid Afridi told Kamran that he has dropped the World Cup with two catches?".

Others listed Akmal's home address in Lahore, for fans to express their anger.

Zafar Iqbal posted a message on Facebook: "World's greatest birthday gift declared by Guinness - Kamran Akmal for Ross Taylor." Taylor celebrated his 27th birthday on Tuesday.

Another Twitter message said: "Kamran thinks being a wicket-keeper means letting the batsman keep his wicket."

Another fan, Mohammad Parekh, asked: "What do Kamran and Michael Jackson have in common? They both wear gloves for no reason."

Angry reactions from die-hard fans are common in the sub-continent. The most recent came when the West Indies team bus was stoned after they defeated co-hosts Bangladesh, in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram received death threats after his team lost the 1996 World Cup quarter-final against India, while angry fans attacked the houses of Indian players following their first round exit from the 2007 World Cup.

AFP

Comments
  • Allin - 2011-03-09 11:00

    I guess it is easier to drop catches than bowl ridiculous no-balls...

      Dave - 2011-03-09 11:11

      You got it spot on there Allin, the sooner this crooked Nation is banned from all international sport, the better

      shogun - 2011-03-09 11:34

      Dave, do you reckon that all South African sports teams should also have been banned after Hansie and co.'s cheating? more mouth than brains you are

      Allin - 2011-03-09 11:41

      Shogun, I was at Chelmsford in 2000 when SA threw the game against Zim... It was so obvious it was a joke!

      shogun - 2011-03-09 11:50

      Wouldn't surprise me too much. You get the feeling that cheating back then was much more widespread than what was reported, and involved many more teams than suspected.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-09 13:21

      Most if not all teams are involved in some sort of match/spot fixing dude. Why not ban cricket, soccer and all other sport?

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-09 11:01

    Its match fixing. The poor blighter does not get paid enough

      B - 2011-03-09 18:47

      still no reason to matchfix, sorry, thats the same as, ahhh i dont earn enough money,,let me rob people!

  • summersgilllayla - 2011-03-09 11:04

    It's just a game at the end of the day.They havent lost the WC yet.And they say Protea fans are bad...

  • Jacques - 2011-03-09 11:04

    Isn't this guy K Akmal?

  • muriel.farquharson - 2011-03-09 11:09

    They have to find someone to blame for the teams poor perforance.

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-03-09 11:11

    Behind every successful man, there is a successful woman. Behind every successful batsman, there is Kamran Akmal.

  • Dif - 2011-03-09 11:25

    Old iron gloves did it again! Probably the worst wicket keeper in international history! Believe me this is not the first time.

  • Robert Cerff - 2011-03-09 11:29

    This isn't news. Lets face it, Akmal has to be the worst international keeper by a long, long way. Heck I wouldn't even pick him as my backyard cricket wicketkeeper. Why Pakistan continue to pick him is beyond me. Blaming the poor guy is as pointless as blaming a retard for being retarded. Blame the selectors!

      kabo.j.masole - 2011-03-09 16:49

      I tend to agree with u man. Somehow we should not skin the man alive. Somehow we should also look at the selectors.....

  • Jason - 2011-03-09 11:35

    People take stuff way too seriously.... Yes it was horrible keeping but its not like he isn't known for bad keeping, they select him knowing that is weakness, but he is more a batsman.

  • Gorilla - 2011-03-09 11:53

    i don't believe anything the pakistan team does anymore. It's all down to heavy betting on the result of issues in the game. The game is only a vehicle for individuals in the team to makre some money. Whether it's bowling no-balls or dropping easy catches, it's all about chasing the buck.

  • trindian786 - 2011-03-09 12:00

    these pakis are all fixers idiots .............they should be banned

  • kabo.j.masole - 2011-03-09 16:43

    Was really dissapointing for him to let Taylor escape twice. On the other hand i believe will never forget his 27th birthday gift.

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