Danyal RasoolFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprint33-year old Sohail Akhtar has never played for Pakistan, and most likely, never will.
He's too far gone the other side of 30, has never received the sort of media coverage selectors in Pakistan often allow themselves to be led by, and for his age, hasn't played nearly enough cricket to suggest a wealth of experience. Moreover, Akhtar's first-class average, both batting and bowling, hovers around 28; he has never managed a hundred and only ever one five-for.
Perhaps he simply isn't good enough to represent Pakistan at international level.This would be a fairly unremarkable story most of the time.
After all, there are several cricketers languishing in domestic cricket never destined to rise to the top, and for all the flaws of Pakistan's domestic structure, most playing their trade domestically are simply playing at the highest level their abilities will allow them to go. This year at the PSL, Akhtar was the 16th highest runscorer at the PSL, scoring 241 at an average of 30 and a strike rate just under 140.
So what makes him unique? Well, he was the highest scorer among players Pakistan players who have never played international cricket.