PCB yet to finalize wicketkeeper for Hobart Test

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Hobart, Jan. 10 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to take a decision on whether to keep or replace Kamran Akmal as the wicketkeeper for third Test against Australia.

Earlier, it was being said that young wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed will 'participate' in the final Test here as a replacement for Kamran Akmal.

The News quoted sources as saying that the tour selection committee will have a 'debate' on the issue before taking a final decision on it within the next couple of days.

Kamran, it seemed, was out of the final Test after he dropped four easy catches besides squandering a run-out opportunity in the second Test.

His pathetic show behind the stumps was seen as the biggest reason behind Pakistan's 36-run defeat that came after the tourists had taken a 206-run lead against the Aussies.

Just a day later, the PCB issued a press release from its headquarters in Lahore saying that Sarfraz will be rushed to Australia where he will participate in the third Test starting at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart from January 14.

Sarfraz, 20, is scheduled to join the national team here on Sunday.

Now, it seems that the team management is having second thoughts.

Sources said Kamran has a lot of influence within the team and most of the players want him to play the third Test instead of Sarfraz.

Kamran himself has also shown his desire to feature in the Hobart Test, saying that he would do his best not to repeat the mistakes of Sydney in the future. (ANI)

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