Picture of Kamran Akmal

Kamran Akmal

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Played for:
Pakistan, Lahore City, Lahore, Lahore Blues, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Whites, Lahore Lions, Lahore Shalimar, Multan Tigers, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan A, Pakistan Inv XI, Punjab Stallions, Punjab Pakistan, Rajasthan, Pakistan Under-19, Sylhet Royals, Wayamba United, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Federal United
Roles played:
Home country:
January 13, 1982, Lahore, Punjab


One probably has to date back to Imtiaz Ahmed in the early 50s to find a Pakistani wicket-keeper who doubled up as an accomplished batsman. In Moin Khan and Rashid Latif, Kamran Akmal’s much-rotated predecessors, Pakistan too followed the sport-wide trend of specialists behind the stumps with average batting ability. The arrival of Adam Gilchrist bucked the trend, and Kamran became Pakistan’s own wicket-keeper batsman. Still, doubts are often raised over Akmal’s ability with the glove, in contrast to his assured batting prowess. It rightly indicates towards Akmal primarily being a batsman who was later augmented to a glove-man.

Into just his third Test inning during his debut tour to Zimbabwe in 2002, Kamran Akmal notched his first international half-century. Only in early 2005 against West Indies was Akmal’s batting given additional exposure, sent as an opening partner to Imran Nazir to face West Indies. A century ensued, Akmal’s career-first, and growing doubts over his shoddy wicket-keeping were set aside. Constant pressure to perform well with the bat as to find grace with his keeping shortcomings helped Akmal to 5 international tons between November 2005 and January 2006. He played his first World Cup in 2007, in part of Pakistan’s poor showing at the Caribbean.

Riding on that purple patch between late 2005 and early 2006, Akmal’s form deteriorated, in a slump that witnessed only 2 additional centuries in ODI and Tests each from 2006 to mid-2010. But his knack of scoring runs in quick time saw Kamran’s inclusion in the prolific Pakistani T20 side, helping his team to the T20 World Cup win in 2009. During the tournament, improvements were also evident in his keeping evidenced by his 4 stumpings against Netherlands. After two decades shifting keeping duties, Akmal’s stability behind the sticks is a welcome change for Pakistan.

Fast Facts

  • Along with Adnan and Umar, the Akmals became the 4th blood brothers to feature for Pakistan in the 60 odd years of cricket history.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 53 92 2648 6 30.79 63.10 6 12 158*
ODI 154 135 3168 14 26.18 83.83 5 10 124
T20 54 49 897 6 20.86 120.40 0 5 73
IPL 6 6 128 1 25.60 164.10 0 1 53*
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 184 22 1
ODI 156 31 9
T20 28 32 5
IPL 5 4 0


Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Nov 09, 2002
Last played:
Pakistan Vs England at Lord's, London - Aug 26, 2010
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo - Nov 23, 2002
Last played:
Pakistan Vs India at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Jun 15, 2013
Pakistan Vs England at County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol - Aug 28, 2006
Last played:
Pakistan Vs West Indies at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 01, 2014
Rajasthan Vs Punjab at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Chogan Stadium), Jaipur - Apr 21, 2008
Last played:
Rajasthan Vs Chennai at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai - Jun 01, 2008