Kamran Akmal made his first-class debut at the age of 15 as a useful wicketkeeper and a hard-hitting opening batsman. A string of good performances earned him a spot for Pakistan A in 2002, and after impressing against Sri Lanka A he won selection for the Zimbabwe tour in preference to the veteran Moin Khan. He was not expected to play in the Tests, but made his debut - and chipped in with a handy 38 at Harare - when Rashid Latif suffered a recurrence of a long-standing back injury. Most of his matches have so far have come when Latif or Moin have been unavailable - he was the replacement when Latif was suspended for five one-dayers against Bangladesh, and then again when Moin was injured for the last two Tests against India. However, with Latif out of favour and Moin no longer at his peak, kmal's elevation to first-choice wicketkeeper was confirmed when he was named No. 1 on the 2004-05 tour of Australia. It was during the tour to India in 2005 that Akmal dispelled doubts, if any, that he was the best man for the job. Nimble glovework aside, he came up with a match-saving century under extreme pressure in the first Test at Mohali, scoring 109 on the last day.