Wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal on Tuesday confirmed to have parted ways with Peshawar Zalmi ahead of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight.
The 40-year-old has represented Zalmi since the inception of the PSL and has been a core member of the side.
On his YouTube channel Catch and Bat with Kamran Akmal, Akmal confirmed the development, revealing that the newly-appointed head coach of Zalmi, Darren Sammy, informed him of the franchise’s decision not to retain him ahead of the player draft.
“I am not part of Peshawar Zalmi anymore. Head Coach Darren Sammy informed me that Peshawar Zalmi will not retain me for PSL 8,” said Akmal.
“I will be available for selection in the draft of PSL 8 now, though. Let’s see which franchise picks me,” he continued.
The wicketkeeper batter then took to Twitter to thank Zalmi’s management for their ongoing support throughout the journey.
It is worth noting that Akmal had previously announced his intention to withdraw from the PSL 7 due to category demotion but later he agreed to continue representing the former champions following a successful meeting with Zalmi’s coach and director of cricket Muhammad Akram.
It must be noted that the right-handed batter is the second-highest run-scorer in PSL history, with 1972 runs in 75 matches at an average of 27.38 and a strike rate of 136.94.
Akmal has the most number of centuries by any batter in the league (3) and also the most number of dismissals (62) to his name.