Kamran Akmal has said that he will not play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) even after getting the team at the lowest level in the draft. For this cricketer, who has played the most matches and scored the second highest run in PSL history, getting a team from the lowest level ‘Silver’ seems like an ‘insult’.
However, Mohammad Akram, the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi, who took Kamran in the team again, wanted to talk to Akmal. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But there is a way open for Akram and Peshawar. Gerhard Erasmus wants to play for them in ‘Free’!
The news of Akmal’s decision not to play in PSL was tweeted by cricket based website Cricinfo. In response, Erasmus, who led Namibia to the last T20 World Cup, wrote, “Take me, I will play for free.”
Former Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien has told Erasmus to get ready. “Get ready with gloves,” O’Brien wrote, pointing out that Akmal is the wicketkeeper who needs someone to play in his place.
Erasmus is an all-rounder. His off-spin is also effective with batting. But Wicketkeeping reminds O’Brien that you can, too, “You have to remind me of my five stumpings in the T20!”
Erasmus has played 75 recognized T20s in his career so far. He scored 1,123 runs at an average of 21.07 and a strike rate of 119.31. With 18 wickets, the best bowling 3 runs for 12 runs and of course there are 5 stumpings. However, 26-year-old Erasmus has played for Namibia in all the T20 matches of his career.
The franchise-based league may be a dream for Erasmus, who has led Namibia in the International Twenty20 since 2019. However, Namibia is represented in the PSL. The Lahore Calendars have retained David Visa, who played for them in the latest T20 World Cup, in the ‘Diamond’ category.
For the second time in their history, Namibia has played in this year’s World Twenty20 in an ICC World Tournament. Erasmus team also took place in the Super Twelve with a great performance in the first episode. They lost to Scotland there.