Cricinfo’s insult to wicketkeepers

Today Cricinfo wrote Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who was dropped from Pakistan’s squad for the Twenty20 and ODI tour of West Indies, has said that he is ready to make his comeback into the national side as a “specialist batsman”.
How would you feel if you were Brad Haddin, Tim Paine, MS Dhoni, Steven Davies, Mark Boucher or Kumar Sangakkara, etc, to have your job description slandered in this way?
Even Matt Prior (in ODI’s, tests he is ok) and Brendon McCullum are probably a bit pissed off.
To describe Kamran Akmal as a wicketkeeper is just lazy journalism, I’m sure there are loads of different words that could be used to describe him, but a wicketkeeper?
When describing his performance in the World Cup match against New Zealand, where he dropped Ross Taylor twice (3 in total) before he had made the runs that defined the match, Kamran said, “some people don’t want to forget it. The day seemed to be cursed. People just criticise and forget my past performances”.
It’s at this point I fell off my chair, past performances, yes like the one in Sydney where Mike Hussey was dropped how often?
And I thought it was generally footballers who deluded themselves and lived in their own world of self importance.


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