2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Haris Sohail, Umar Amin Under Contemplation To Replace Umar Akmal
In the latest development, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB), national team chief selector Inzamam-Ul-Haq in his recent interview on Monday has hinted the left-handed batsmen Haris Sohail and Umar Amin are under contemplation, in order to replace not hundred per cent fit Umar Akmal, in the 15-member squad which was announced in April for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
“[Umar] Amin and Haris [Sohail] have performed well in the domestic circuit and that is why their names are under consideration to replace Umar [Akmal],” Inzamam was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.
Umar, who has a penchant to stay in news certainly for all the wrong reasons, was sent home after he failed the fitness test twice during the preparation camp for Sarfraz Ahmed-led side at Edgbaston in Birmingham as England and Wales are jointly scheduled to host the ICC event.
However, Sportzwiki has learnt that promising prospect Haris Sohail is highly likely going to replace Umar in the 15-men squad after team management has submitted its report on unfit Umar.
The eight-day camp has been launched in a bid to give players a chance to acclimatise the English conditions as they will head into the ICC Champions Trophy event by playing their first match against arch-rivals India on June 4 after their warm-up matches.
The former Pakistani skipper Inzamam, who has played a significant role for Pakistan being as a player suggested to work more on his fitness.
“He needs to focus more on his fitness now,” Inzamam maintained.
The 26-year-old Umar, who has been struggling with his fitness, was dropped from the recently concluded four-match Twenty20 Internationals series followed by three-match One-day International series.
However, Inzamam revealed the right-handed batsman Umar was fit during the Pakistan Cup where he was captaining Punjab side.
“Umar [Akmal] was not able to pass two fitness tests so he is being sent back from England,” Inzamam added.
Umar in his 116 matches has scored 3044 runs at an average of 34.59 which includes two centuries and twenty-fifties.
Amin, who seems just a formality to be considered for the replacement, has played 15 ODIs in which he scored 269 at an average of 19.21.
On the other side, Haris, who has put some weight under his belt – to become the strong contender as a replacement for Lahore-born batsman.
The Sialkot-born Haris has played 22 ODIs for Pakistan while amassing 774 runs at an average of 43.
With his left-arm slow bowling, he has also bagged nine wickets in ODIs. Haris last played for Pakistan at Lahore in 2015 against Zimbabwe before nursing a knee injury which further forced him to stay off-the-field for a long time.
Haris, who made a return to first-class cricket after recovering from failed knee surgery in Dubai, is averaging 52.01 in 57 first-class games and averages 40.83 in List A after playing 53 matches.
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