I Want To Play Cricket And Management Is Ignoring Me Without Any Reason - Umar Akmal Wants To Discuss Few Things With PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

Published - 20 Nov 2022, 03:05 PM

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal. Image-Twitter

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Umar Akmal has requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja to meet him. In a recent interaction with the media, Akmal said that he wants to play cricket but that team management is ignoring him without any reason. He added that he wanted to discuss “a few things” with the PCB chairman.

The 32-year-old was banned by the PCB from all cricket activities in 2020, but his ban sentence was later reduced to allow him to resume playing competitive cricket in 2021.

The middle-order batter represented Pakistan in 16 tests, 124 ODIs, and 84 T20Is and scored 5,887 runs. He played his last match for the nation in the white-ball format in 2019.

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal (Image Credits: Getty)

“Ramiz bhai! I want to meet you, I want to play cricket and I want to discuss a few things with you. Management is ignoring me without any reason,” Akmal said on ARY News as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

Umar Akmal Has Been Allowed To Resume Club – Pakistan Cricket Board

Umar Akmal was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for failing to report approaches for spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League. However, he later expressed regret for his actions, and the PCB granted him permission to return to club cricket.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

“Umar Akmal has been allowed to resume club cricket activities as part of his rehabilitation process, which commenced last month. In the processes completed to date, Umar has shown remorse, attended an anti-corruption lecture and participated in a Q&A session conducted by the Security and Anti-Corruption Department,” PCB said in an official release in August last year.

Babar Azam’s team came very close to winning a second T20 World Cup when they were upset by England by five wickets at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) earlier this month, and now Pakistan will host five Tests against England and New Zealand in December and January.

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