Some players of the Pakistan team have demanded for particular shirt numbers after consulting their spiritual advisors. The players are eager to do well in the upcoming International Cricket Council World Cup 2015. Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal, who was recently became a father of baby girl, has on the advice of his ‘Pir’ has demanded for number ‘3’ to replace ‘96’ number on his shirt. The report says Umar was fed up with his impecunious form and in a bid to change his fortune, he has asked for this change.

The report described that Umar Akmal desired to wear number ‘3’ on his national jersey shirt in the World Cup while newcomer Haris Sohail has desired for ‘89’ number instead of number ‘80’ which he wore in the recent series against New Zealand.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) permits cricketers to select their national jersey shirt numbers before every big tournament like the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 and normally cricketers prefer to stay with the numbers they have been using for a while now. For instance, Shahid Afridi uses number ‘10’ for many years in his international career. Some players generally choose numbers on the advice of their spiritual advisors to bring them good fortune, says the report.

The new numbers of some of the rookies are Ehsan Adil 91, Wahab Riaz 47, and Yasir Shah 86. Younis Khan has stuck to number 75 for years now, Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has used the number ‘22’ for a while now while senior batsman. Muhammad Hafeez had run from pillar to post to get the national jersey shirt number used by former Pakistan skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq (8) before the Pakistan board ultimately capitulated and allocated him this national jersey shirt number, the report said.


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