PSL 2023: "I've Never Kept Hopes From Anyone": Umar Akmal's Blunt Remark On Brother Kamran Akmal's Appointment As PCB Selector

Published - 05 Feb 2023, 05:44 PM

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Umar Akmal had a rather blunt remark when he was asked about his brother Kamran Akmal’s appointment to the PCB selection committee.

Akmal, a wicketkeeper and batter from Pakistan, will play for the Quetta Gladiators in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League.

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Akmal has lost the trust of the Pakistani team since his final international participation in 2019. The 32-year-old Pakistani star has resumed domestic cricket after being suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2020 for failing to report a fixing plot.

Kamran Akmal was nominated earlier this week to lead the junior selection committee, which will oversee the U13, U16, and U19 trials. According to ESPNCricinfo, Kamran is a member of Pakistan’s senior men’s national selection committee.

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“I will continue to put forward the hard work”: Umar Akmal

The PSL preparations led Umar Akmal to be asked if he felt his chances of joining the Pakistani team had increased. Previously, he had complained that he was unfairly excluded by the regional cricket board because of a violation of its code of conduct

Hafiz Muhammad Imran, a Pakistani journalist, stated that Raza Ali Dar, Umar’s captain during Pakistan’s domestic season, had been requested not to play the wicketkeeper-batter for an unspecified reason.

Umar Akmal reiterated that he places no hope in anyone and that he will continue to work hard and leave the results in God’s hands.

“I’ve never kept hopes from anybody, I’ve only prayed to god and continued to work hard on my cricket. If god wills, the road ahead will be easy,” said Umar Akmal junior in an interview with Geo Super.

Umar Akmal has played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is so far. He hasn’t taken the field in a game of cricket this year, having last played for Northern Pakistan in the Pakistan Cup.

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