‘Beach-boy’ Kamran’s poor wicket keeping due to his 79-kg body weight: Rashid Latif

March 15th, 2011 - 1:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Pallekele (Sri Lanka), Mar 15(ANI): The body weight of Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal may be the culprit for his poor performances during the ongoing World Cup, former wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has said.

“When he (Kamran) joined the Pakistan cricket team in 2002 his weight was 68-kg but now he weighs 79-kg. He is over-weight because a wicket-keeper in international cricket should be under-weight like a jockey,” The News quoted Latif, as saying.

The former Pakistan captain recommended that Kamran should do some long-distance running regularly. “During off season, he should run 10 miles every day. Apart from that, swimming, crunches, push-ups and heavy short sprints can also help him,” he said.

Latif, who is presently the Afghanistan cricket coach, believes that heavy training in the gym has ‘destroyed’ Kamran.”Gym training has destroyed his career. He looks like a beach boy rather than a cricketer,” he said.

The former wicketkeeper was of the view that Kamran is also dogged by other issues. “His concentration level is not good, he seems mentally disturbed. That’s why there are so many lapses behind the stumps,” he said.Kamran has scored 2835 runs in 133 One-day International (ODI) appearances at an average of 27.25, and has struck five ODI tons. But his last century came almost two years back against Australia in Abu Dhabi, and since then he has rarely played any big knocks.Latif said that Kamran can do better with the bat if he shows more patience at the crease.

“He is good batsman but he tries too many shots early on. He can improve his wicket-keeping and batting if he is willing to work harder,” he said. (ANI)

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