International career[ edit ] Kamran Akmal is a quick-scoring batsman and a wicket-keeper, who has achieved 6 centuries in Test cricket. However, his first century was vital — his from the number eight position at Mohali , coming in with Pakistan in a lead of 39 against India in the first Test, ensured that the visitors could draw the match.
His form against the touring England in made him one of the most important players in the team. Naturally, he is a batsman that plays lower down the order but has also opened in limited over formats[ citation needed ].
As an opener he has scored two back to back centuries in ODIs against England. Coming in lower down the order in Test matches, he played one memorable innings. His batting was highly productive in early as he scored seven international hundreds within the space of 6 months.
Since his tour of England in Summer however his batting form dwindled and steadily become worse. His wicket-keeping also worsened and dropped many catches on both the England tour and on a tour to South Africa in early He then scored an international hundred in the Bangladeshi tour of Pakistan in He later moved to have some injuries and did not play for some days but later he was again brought into the team.
Akmal was dropped for the Asia Cup as a result of his poor wicket-keeping.
He was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed who performed very well at the domestic level and also because of Sarfraz's strong showing in the U World Cup. Akmal was part of the Pakistan team that won the T20 World Cup in He was notable for his quick stumpings, dismissing 4 batsmen in one match against Netherlands.
On 12 November , Akmal hit three consecutive 6s in the last over. On 17 July , Akmal was appointed the vice-captain of the Pakistani test squad but later removed because of his alleged involvement in spot fixing. In the 3rd Qualifying match he scored runs,  the first century in PSL Match fixing allegations[ edit ] In the 2nd Test match in Sydney on the —10 tour of Australia , Akmal dropped four catches in the Australian innings, three of those coming from Michael Hussey.
Pakistan eventually went on to lose the match by 36 runs, after being dismissed for just in the second innings.
Later it was alleged that he, along with pace bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were involved in match fixing , and were questioned by Pakistan Cricket Board and subsequently dropped for the Twenty20 series against England. Akmal was able to recover from the operation to participate in the two-match test series but Zulqarnain Haider was selected ahead of him.
Another player Wahab Riaz was under investigation for match fixing but the ICC had interrogated him and he was no longer part of the investigation therefore he was allowed to take part on the tour of South Africa that included two Twenty20 Internationals, five ODI matches and two Test matches.
Though this has not been confirmed by the board, it is believed that the reason they were not picked was that the suspicion had not been cleared. Once his investigation was completed he was available for national selection.
During the Australia tour it was once said by the Pakistani fans "That other teams have wicketkeeper behind the stumps while our team just has 32 teeth". However, during the second test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground he dropped four catches, including three chances from Michael Hussey in one session on Day 4.
Hussey went on to score a match winning century with the Pakistan team losing in a shock result after dominating the first three days of play.
After this tour Akmal saw a steady improvement in his wicket-keeping for the ICC World Twenty20 , Asia Cup and against Australia in July however the next test series against England saw Akmal drop three easy catches and miss a stumping. The match as a consolation saw Akmal take a superb catch of Kevin Pietersen before dropping a catch on the very next ball against Paul Collingwood.
In the first innings Akmal dropped a catch of Eoin Morgan when he was on 23 who then went on to score He married in and lives with his wife, Aaiza, and their daughter, Laiba.
He played five matches in the tournament, as Wicket-keeper and top-order batsman, including the final of the tournament against the Chennai Super Kings. He took two catches in the first innings, however he was run out for six runs during the Royal's chase.
The Royals went on to win the tournament after a thrilling finish. He did not play in because Pakistani players were not selected by any IPL teams to participate that season as a result of the tense atmosphere after the Mumbai attacks.
He had an average scoring of just runs in the season scoring, with a highest score of He was retained on the back of his tremendous performance in —17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. In the inaugural match of season against Islamabad United he scored 88 runs off just 48 balls.
He lost his rhythm in the middle of the season but found his form at right time against Karachi Kings in a do-or-die match scoring a century off only 60 balls, ensuring his team a place in the final.
He finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer with runs and won the green cap and the Hanif Mohammad Award for best batsman,  as well as the Imtiaz Ahmed award for the best wicket keeper of the season with a total of 12 dismissals.