PCB keeping eye on Akmal brothers, Malik for Headingley Test ‘hara-kiri’

July 24th, 2010 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 24(ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly keeping an eye on the performances of the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, and Shoaib Malik, as the board is not happy with the way they lost their wickets in the first innings of the Headingley Test against Australia.

The trio lost their wickets to rash shots and against the requirements of the situation.

Kamran (15) and Umar (21) both provided multiple opportunities to be dismissed during their short stay in the crease.

Malik (26) got off to a confident start, but the way he got out after settling down raised many eyebrows.

“I think the senior players like Malik and Kamran should play more responsibly. Unless and until they do so, the questions about their commitment to the game would naturally surface,” The News quoted a PCB official, as saying.

Despite the question marks, Pakistan is on the verge of winning their first Test match against Australia in almost 15 years.

They are just 40 runs short of winning the match, and levelling the two-match series.

Set a fourth-innings target of 180, Pakistan ended day three on 140-3.

Pakistan’s last Test victory against Australia was in November 1995, a 74-run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Since then Pakistan has lost 13 successive Tests against Australia, including the humiliating 150 run defeat in first Test at Lord’s. (ANI)

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