Kamran needs to take a break to prolong career: Latif

Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 22:10 PM IST

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has advised wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal to take a break from cricket in order to prolong his international career.

Latif was of the view that until Kamran took a break from the game and worked on his basics he would continue to struggle at the top level.

"The problem with Kamran is that he is overweight for a keeper and also jaded. He is playing constant cricket and he needs to take a break and comeback afresh," the former stumper said.

Kamran has come in for severe criticism for his inconsistent glove work and batting in recent months from former players, experts and critics.

Kamran, who made his international debut in 2003, was also dropped after the second Test in Sydney early this year after he fumbled atleast four catches, missed a stumping and a big run-out against Australia.

He repeated his inconsistent form during the first Test against England at Nottingham last week, dropping two catches and also missed a big stumping in the England first innings which eventually saw Pakistan suffer a massive 354 runs defeat.

His batting form has also been sketchy leading to calls from former players and critics to drop him.

Latif said that Kamran needs to take a break for a while, shed weight and work on his basics once again.

"He will only comeback stronger if he realises his weak areas and what he needs to do to iron out the problems. Because of his poor keeping his confidence as a batsman has also suffered," Latif said.

He pointed out at the international level regular misses from the wicketkeeper were criminal.

"He is an experienced player and has done well in the past but he is now facing issues which he must himself work out while taking a break," Latif said.

Pakistan has a reserve keeper Zulqarnain Haider in England but captain Salman Butt said after the Nottingham defeat that Kamran has to show character and comeback strongly in the second Test at Edgbaston.