"My first century was against WAPDA (Water and Power
Development Authority) in 1999. I scored 124 while
batting at No. 9 when we had almost lost that match."
"I was not playing well after my debut in 1998. It was
my first century. I have played in similar situation
several times, and I was confident (at Mohali) that
since I had batted like this before so I could bat
again," he stated.
In all, Akmal scored 159 runs at 31.80 in the three
Tests against India, and held seven catches and effected
four stumpings - a performance that earned him a place
in the five-match one-day series that followed. He did
not do too badly in the one-dayers, which Pakistan won
On the basis of his performances in
India, Akmal was picked as the No. 1 wicket-keeper for
the West Indies tour, ahead of an ageing Moin Khan and
with Bazid Khan as the second stumper. The diminutive
Akmal, who has played 13 Tests and 26 one-day
internationals, is now set to leave for the West Indies
to further his blossoming career.