Peshawar Zalmi's Kamran Akmal plays a shot during a match in Karachi. File
The aggrieved cricketer took to social media and YouTube to express his disappointment.
Speaking on YouTube, the 39-year-old, who has played 53 Tests, 157 ODIs and 58 T20Is, urged the franchise to release him as he doesn't deserve to play "in this category."
"Please release me because I don't deserve to play in this category. The lower categories are better suited for youngsters. I don't want their (Peshawar Zalmi) sympathy just because I have played for them in the past six seasons."
Akmal is the second-highest run-getter in PSL history. Ahead of the player draft, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had demoted him from platinum to gold category.
"As far as the category is concerned, I was not happy when it was initially announced. I was very surprised to see my category demotion from Platinum to Gold despite my good track record. I have loved playing for Peshawar Zalmi. They have great management and bunch of players," he said on the channel.
Later, taking to twitter, Akmal said, "Last 6 seasons it was a great journey. Thank you for supporting me through thick and thin... I think I don't deserve to play in this category… Thank you once again.@PeshawarZalmi. Best of luck…Thank You all the fans for supporting."
The 21-year-old joined the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the third edition of the tournament and since then, he has been a standout performer. He is currently the leading wicket-taker for the franchise and overall the seventh-highest wicket-taker in the tournament's history.
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