"I Don't Deserve This Treatment'': Umar Akmal "Ashamed" After Reporter's Jaw-Dropping Revelation

Published - 02 Feb 2023, 05:14 PM

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal. Image-Sky Sports.

Umar Akmal, a cricket player for Pakistan, reacted emotionally when he learned that chits had been given to the captain of his domestic team requesting that the 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batter not be used.

The leadership of the men’s squad has changed over the past few years, and Najam Sethi has left and returned to his position as chairman. Ramiz Raja, the previous captain of Pakistan, was abruptly fired last year.

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Ramiz Raja. Credits: PCB

Many important players were cut from the Pakistani squads across all of the different playing formats. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed failed to earn a spot in Test XI until making a triumphant comeback against New Zealand last month.

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal. Image-Twitter

Umar Akmal, a wicketkeeper-batter who has so far played for Pakistan in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is, has, however, been absent from the team for more than three years.

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In 2020, Akmal received a suspension and a suspension from the Pakistan Cricket Board for failing to report spot-fixing attempts during the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League.

“PCB’s role is to support their players during tough times”: Umar Akmal

Umar has now apologized and returned to the domestic system of his country, although he hasn’t had many chances to play first-class cricket. He did, however, represent Northern Pakistan in the List A tournament in 2022.

Akmal was informed by the reporter during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hafiz Muhammad Imran that Raza Ali Dar, a cricketer for Pakistan who had coached Akmal during a domestic competition, had been advised to not play the 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batter for unclear reasons.

An upset Akmal compared his troubles with those of India’s greatest batsman Virat Kohli in response to the disclosure.

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal (Image Credits: Getty)

“I feel very ashamed that Raza said that in such a straightforward way. He should’ve taken names of people who called or sent chits saying that I shouldn’t be played. I’ve given so much for Pakistan, I don’t deserve this treatment. PCB’s role is to support their players during tough times,” Akmal stated.

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal. Image-Twitter.

“A big example of this is Virat Kohli. He wasn’t sidelined when he couldn’t perform. They continued to play him here and there, and he wasn’t told that his cricket is over. I’ll give credit to the Indian cricket board that they supported him,” said Akmal.

Midway through 2022, Kohli hit a hard patch and even took a month off from the sport. However, the former India captain made a magnificent comeback in the Asia Cup in September, ending his three-year wait for an international century.

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