On This Day: October 19, 2003 - Asim Kamal scored 99 on Test debut

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Asim Kamal, the left-handed batsman scored 99 (just one run short of the century) in 2003 in Lahore against South Africa.

Pakistan eventually went on to win that test match by 8 wickets.

scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64050.html

The discarded left-handed batsman played only 12 Test matches, scoring 717 runs at an average of 37.73. Some people believe that Asim was hard done by and should have got more chances to represent the national team.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QexTLoI2QE
 
He was a good player in my opinion didn't got enough chances.
 
Wow, I remember watching this game live, I believe he was bowled by Andre Nel, so disappointing for him.

Of course, he should played more tests, he had the technique, and more importantly the temperament to succeed in tests.
 
Should have played at no 6 for Pakistan ahead of the likes of Malik and Razzaq behind Younis, Yousaf and Inzamam.
 
Excellent tempremant and guts. May have not been greatest technically but did a job, such a shame that pakistans team managements assistance on playing lulloos like Malik and afridi instead runied his career.

I remember he dragged a ball onto his stumps in that game when on 99 which was a great shame.
 
8 fifties in 12 matches (20 innings) :(

Still remember this incident :)

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Ah I remember him. Very gritty player who did well in Sydney 04/05 Test vs Australia and in the India tour in 2005. Unlucky to be battling for a middle-order place with the likes of Younis, Yousuf and Inzamam.
 
Asif Kamal was a legend, and i still remember that day he made 99. His performance was... ***No words describing***
 
Sad thing is that history is repeating itself and again, hardly anyone realises.

At the time Asim Kamal was kicked out the team, people said 'he scores when it doesn't count'. It was a ridiculous judgement on the basis of so few matches. Today, Fawad Alam dominates the domestic scene, scores a century on debut (eerily similar to Asim's 99) and 2 matches later, he is dropped from the team, dropped from the squad and even dropped from the centrally contracted list of players.

In 10 years time, people will call this a huge injustice. For now, it's no big deal.
 
He was a class player.Wish he was given more games though...
 
Sad thing is that history is repeating itself and again, hardly anyone realises.

At the time Asim Kamal was kicked out the team, people said 'he scores when it doesn't count'. It was a ridiculous judgement on the basis of so few matches. Today, Fawad Alam dominates the domestic scene, scores a century on debut (eerily similar to Asim's 99) and 2 matches later, he is dropped from the team, dropped from the squad and even dropped from the centrally contracted list of players.

In 10 years time, people will call this a huge injustice. For now, it's no big deal.

its also an injustice for a fan base and talent base like pakistan, that we are standing without a home and without hopes
 
I remember him more for his great wrists and foot work against the spinners. Notched some good fifties against India IIRC
 
On This Day October 19th, 2003: Asim Kamal scored 99 on Debut against South Africa

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Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64050.html

Kamal, the 27-year-old left-hander, seemed certain to become the tenth Pakistani to make a century on his Test debut. Instead, he achieved a more exclusive but more unwanted record shortly after lunch, becoming only the third player - after Robert Christiani and Arthur Chipperfield - to be out for 99 in his first Test.

Asim Kamal went to 98 by tonking a full-toss from Adams back over his head to long-off, but then had to sweat for a few overs on 99. The stroke that was meant to fetch him the crucial single, therefore, was perhaps a bit loose; trying to cut a ball that was too close for the stroke, Kamal edged it into his stumps and departed in an understandably blue mood (363 for 6). It was a sad end to what had been a neat, responsible innings, with nudged singles and occasional fluid cover-drives.
 
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On This Day October 19th, 2003: Asim Kamal scored 99 on Debut against South A...

Should've been LBW for a duck in that innings. Was struck plumb in front to one that swung back.

Should have also got that 100, which may have gone some way in ensuring his future. A 100 and 7 50s would've been lots better than 8 50s.
 
Should have played more Tests ahead of the likes of Faisal Iqbal.

He was competing with bhanja at a time when accountability was the least and nepotism was running the roost in PCB without appraisal or any check and balances. This is the same era where for some God forsaken reason we debuted Junaid Zia :facepalm: in an international fixutre therefore Asim not getting his fair share of chances even though having twice the record in comparison to Faisal 'the Legend' Iqbal was more than expected.

Also there were 'other' factors as well involved in his eventual snub but this lad should've been persisted with and in the very least should've had (minimum) 50 games under his belt.

On Topic: Was gutted when he got out on that dreaded 99 figure :(
 
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Asim Kamal, the left-handed batsman scored 99 (just one run short of the century) in 2003 in Lahore against South Africa.

Pakistan eventually went on to win that test match by 8 wickets.

scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64050.html

The discarded left-handed batsman played only 12 Test matches, scoring 717 runs at an average of 37.73. Some people believe that Asim was hard done by and should have got more chances to represent the national team.

career stats:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QexTLoI2QE

I remember this knock - also remember the fact that this was his highest score as he never made a century during his career.

Was a solid batsman and was unfairly discarded IMO.
 
Was it in this match where he was hit on the arm?. He played a gritty innings with pain, but also made sure the world knew he was in pain after every delivery and UV started joking about that lols.
 
Still stand by what i said all that time ago! his career was wasted away due to fact captain and selectors felt need to have mediocre players like malik and afridi in the side instead.
 
A great player who made use of the very limited opportunities given to him.Have to give credit to Aamir Sohail who throw out non-performers like Afridi and brought him in the side. He made an impressive 99 against a team like South Africa, this one run he feel short off was used against him [that he does'nt have a hundred]. He averaged in 40s, one dull series and Inzimam wrapped up his career for good. Inzamam made sure he never plays one days. For keeping mediocres Akmal and Malik, so many careers have been destroyed by Inzamam & Co. one cant even imagine. Used to have asolid game and only Pakistani player of that teamwho scored more than 50 in all surfaces like even Australia. Talent crushed by Inzimam & PCB .
 
his fault was that he didn't have any good connections in the PCB, was a great talent who could have been one of our best Test batsman by now. Sigh politics
 
Deserved more games . So unlucky. He would be a certainty in our line up if he was playing now.
 
He was dealt badly with.

he scored some very crucial runs, could have been a 44 - 45 average middle order batsman for Pakistan.
 
Ideal number 6 batsmen and always grafted and put a price on his wicket, instead we persisted with TTFs instead.
 
Can't believe it's been 15 years since that 99. Incidentally that series was the last time we've beaten SAF in a Test series.

There were two reasons why Kamal's chances were limited. He wasn't going to play ahead of Younis, Yousuf or Inzamam who formed a very strong middle-order.

Secondly, Bob Woolmer preferred to play all-rounders like Razzaq, Malik and Afridi at #6 to give the team a 5th bowling option instead of playing six specialist batsmen.
 
Secondly, Bob Woolmer preferred to play all-rounders like Razzaq, Malik and Afridi at #6 to give the team a 5th bowling option instead of playing six specialist batsmen.


That was a tactical blunder . Pakistan could have developed a solid middle order batsman .
 
Just couldnt make his way into the Pakistan side again - similar to Fawad I feel but atleast Fawad may still have a chance.
 
Can't believe it's been 15 years since that 99. Incidentally that series was the last time we've beaten SAF in a Test series.

There were two reasons why Kamal's chances were limited. He wasn't going to play ahead of Younis, Yousuf or Inzamam who formed a very strong middle-order.

Secondly, Bob Woolmer preferred to play all-rounders like Razzaq, Malik and Afridi at #6 to give the team a 5th bowling option instead of playing six specialist batsmen.

Woolmer wanted malik as a an opener
Which is often where afridi played too

I think the real reason was the same as Faisal iqbal, just another wasted talent who could have done great things for pakistan
 
How would he have fared had he been persisted with?
 
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