Kamran Akmal, a former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman, has pulled out of the 2022 PSL after objecting to his relegation to the silver category during the players draft. Kamran, 39, declared on his YouTube page that he will not be participating in the Pakistan Super League 7, which will begin on January 27, 2022 in Karachi.

The seasoned player, who has two hundred to his name and is the second greatest run-getter in PSL history, was downgraded from the platinum category to the gold category by the Pakistan Cricket Board before the draft on December 12. “I had even opposed my demotion because I had constantly performed for Peshawar in the PSL,” he stated. Kamran remained unpicked in the gold category on December 12 and was eventually selected in the silver category by Peshawar Zalmi during the draft process in Lahore.

“I don’t think I deserve to be in the silver group,” Kamran remarked, referring to his last appearance for Pakistan in 2017. In his 53 Test, 158 ODI, and 57 T20I appearances for Pakistan, Kamran is recognized as one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the country’s history.

“Please let me go because I don’t belong in this category. The lesser categories are more appropriate for children. I don’t want their (Peshawar Zalmi’s) compassion simply because I’ve played for them for the past six seasons,” he stated.

“Yes, I am dissatisfied with how I was demoted and then selected for PSL 7. I don’t believe I am deserving of this treatment. I was taken aback when the board dropped me from the platinum to the gold category without explanation at first.” Kamran thanked the Peshawar Zalmi management for their support over the last six seasons of the league but claimed it would be best if the organization dropped him because he didn’t want to play in the silver category.

After serving a 12-month ban and paying a fine of 4.2 million PKR rupees for his role in not disclosing offers made to him to spot fix matches in the 5th season of the PSL, Kamran’s younger brother, Umar Akmal, was drafted by Quetta Gladiators in the draft.