‘Umar Akmal needs to change his attitude to be a Pakistan regular’: Misbah-ul-Haq
By: PTI | Karachi |

Updated: April 2, 2020 9:22:01 pm


Umar Akmal in Pakistan colors. (Source: AP picture)

Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has suggested Umar Akmal to change his attitude and stated the senior batsman needs to present dedication in direction of the sport to change into a common member of the nationwide crew.

Misbah stated whereas there was little doubt about Umar’s potential and expertise as a batsman however he needs to reassess his priorities as a skilled cricketer.

“If Umar thinks he can play in the same mode as he is today, it will be difficult for him. He needs to show total commitment and focus to become a regular member of the side,” he instructed reporters through video convention.

Umar, 29, earlier this week submitted his reply to a show-cause notice issued to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board for breaching clauses of the Anti-Corruption code which pertains to not reporting an method to spot repair throughout the Pakistan Super League 5 in February.

The PCB Security and Vigilance wing suspended Umar on the primary day of the PSL on February 20 for beaching the Anti-Corruption Code and final month issued him a show-cause discover.

Umar apparently submitted his reply by the deadline of March 31 and had reportedly admitted he made a mistake by not reporting the method.

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The PCB can ban Umar for six months to life however insiders say the board is considering imposing a a million rupees advantageous and a ban of 12-months, half of it suspended, because the batsman has admitted his mistake and requested for leniency.

The youngest of the Akmal brothers, Umar made a formidable debut for Pakistan in 2009 scoring a century in his maiden Test in New Zealand and is extensively considered a extremely gifted batsman.

But his antics off the sector plus his lack of cricket self-discipline has seen him play simply 16 Tests (his final take a look at look was in late 2011 in Zimbabwe), 121 ODIs and 84 T20 Internationals for Pakistan.

The batsman has been concerned in a number of breaches of self-discipline and has had torrid relations with his coaches notably Waqar Younis and Mickey Arthur whereas even Misbah as Test captain between 2010-2017 didn’t choose him for the longer format after 2011.

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Misbah made it clear that Umar might nonetheless give some years to Pakistan cricket however for that he would want to present extra dedication and self-discipline.

“He also has to work very hard on his fitness and show everyone he is very much interested in playing for a long time for Pakistan,” Misbah stated.

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