Butt admits it was tough dropping Kamran Akmal
Karachi: Pakistan captain Salman Butt has conceded it was tough to drop his deputy and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal for the second Test against England but said the out-of-form senior player needed a break to recharge himself.
Butt said the tour selection committee felt that the team vice-captain needed a break to reassess his performances and form.
Kamran dropped chances and failed with the bat in the 354 runs defeat Pakistan suffered against England in the first Test and there were numerous calls for him to be dropped for the match.
The tour selectors included reserve wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider in the team for the second Test going on at Edgbaston but he also dropped a chance and fell for a duck in his debut innings.
“I think it is a good time for him to rethink his game and work on his game, this break will do him a world of good. I wouldn’t say we dropped him we have given him a rest,” Butt said.
The Pakistan captain said when a player is out of form and struggling with his confidence, it is difficult to continue playing.
“It is not easy when you are struggling and also have to handle the pressure of a match everyday,” he said.
Butt was confident that Kamran, with his experience and proven record, would make a strong comeback.
“He is one of our few players who has performed in all formats of the game and he is important to the team,” he said.