Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Chittagong Vikings has spent 80,000 Bangladeshi taka (INR68,400.27) for one run as Umar Akmal made his debut in the league on Monday.
The Chittagong Vikings owner treated Akmal as VIP on the eve of his BPl debut on Monday. But, the Pakistan batsman failed miserably.
Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo reported that Akmal was flown straight to Dhaka from the UAE on Monday after Pakistan’s T20 series loss against England the night before the match. Akmal then flew to Chittagong in a chartered helicopter for his BPL debut match a few hours later.
The paper said his team Chittagong Vikings had shelled out 80,000 Bangladeshi taka, or PKR 108,350, to get Akmal to the match venue on time for the game against the Shakib al Hasan-led Rangpur Riders.
The Bengali daily said when the helicopter landed at a girl’s college ground next to the stadium, Akmal resembles a “movie star” in his black tee, blue denim and dark shades.
Umar Akmal flew in by chopper for a debut game. Prothom Alo
But, the hero failed to help his team to won the match. Vikings fans were over enthusiastic. Akmal broke their heart as he played eight balls and scored just one run. Shakib got his wicket as Akmal nicked his delivery to wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh caught him out.
Akmal looked disappointed as he stayed for mere eight minutes at the crease.
The Bengali gave a headline to the report: “one run costs 80,000 taka’.
Chittagong Vikings have two other Pakistani players – Mohammed Amir and Saeed Ajmal- in their rank. Vikings are currently on the third position on the points table with six points. They have won three matches in five outings till Monday night.
Rangpur Rider won the match by nine wickets with three overs remaining. Meanwhile, Umar’s elder brother Kamran Akmal also turned up for Vikings. Like his brother Kamran did not do much for Vikings. He stayed at the crease for eight minutes, played seven balls, but hit a six and four to score 12.
Kamran misread Arafat Sunny and cut the ball, as a result, got out.