Butt drops fumbling Kamran to give him time to ‘rethink’

August 6th, 2010 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug.6 (ANI): Pakistan has axed wicket keeper and vice captain Kamran Akmal for the second Test against England starting today at Edgbaston, and skipper Salman Butt believes that it is the right time for his deputy to take break and work on his game.

Akmal has been replaced by 24-year old rookie wicket keeper Zulqarnain Haider.

Butt told PakPassion.net that dropping Kamran was difficult and advised the wicket keeper to rethink and stop unnecessary pressure from affecting his game.

“Yes, it was a difficult decision, but sometimes it’s good to have a breather and go away when things are not happening for you. You can give yourself a bit of time off, and work on your game,” Butt said.

“He (Akmal) should just have a rethink, and not have the pressure of the matchday situation every morning. He is somebody that we depend on in all formats of the game, and we don’t want him to get under too much pressure,” he added.

The Pakistan team management has also decided not to play experienced batsman Mohammed Yousuf in the match, and Butt said it was a collective choice to not select the former captain, as he lacks match practice.

“It’s a management decision, and a good, logical one that makes sense as well. He hasn’t had any practice in the last 15 days, due to the heavy monsoon rain, so there were not many practice areas available to him. We want him to get acclimatized and give him some time to make sure he is fully ready for the next Test, and I’m sure he will be in top shape by then,” Butt said.

The Pakistan team management has also ignored rookie spinner Raza Hasan and opted for off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for the match.

“Being a member of the original 17 player squad, obviously he (Ajmal) is the first choice. It is going to be a big game, and we want our experienced men to take the responsibility,” Butt said. (ANI)

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