Aamir Sohail Feels Umar Akmal’s Chances Of Returning To National Colours Are Bleak
Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail is of the opinion that Umar Akmal’s chances of making a comeback in the national colors look bleak after his outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur.
Akmal accused Arthur of abusing him in front of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and also barred him from practicing at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
During his outburst, Akmal also mentioned that dummy fitness tests were conducted ahead of the Champions Trophy in England just to ensure he doesn’t get selected. He even accused that he wasn’t even allowed to take the fitness test. However, Sohail admitted to the fact that Akmal’s allegations have come out of sheer frustration due to the manner in which his career has been progressing despite one of the most stylish batsmen of his time.
“It appears that there is a new controversy brewing in Pakistan cricket with Umar Akmal’s allegations of abusive language used by Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur. In my view, there is little doubt in the fact that Umar Akmal is doing this out of frustration at the manner in which his career is progressing so far. There was a lot of promise in his career at the onset but that has failed to materialize and not been fulfilled,” Sohail was quoted as saying by the Pak passion.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed the allegations made by Akmal in regard to his exclusion from the Champions Trophy squad by saying that Akmal is making unjustified attempts to turn away from his own failures and put the blame on others.
The statement issued by the PCB on Friday read, While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings. Umar was given as many as seven chances to improve his fitness and match the standards of his teammates, laid out by the team management.” However, he agreed to the fact that the board has not been able to provide adequate support to the batsman.
“The PCB on their part have also been lax in the way they have failed to provide support to the batsman. If he had any drawbacks or faults in his skills or personality, then they should have mentored him in a proper way. If you compare Pakistan to other countries in the world, talented players are given attention and work done with them not only on cricketing aspects but also on matters related to off the field as well,” he said.
Sohail said that Akmal’s frustration had led to him making the comments and the matter could have been handled a lot better had both parties adopted the submissive way.
“I also believe that Umar Akmal’s chances of making a comeback into this team under the current Head Coach have been greatly diminished by his outburst as now there may be an element of personal like or dislike in selection matters. His international career will now go on hold but really what he should have done is to work hard on all aspects of his cricket which were identified as weak by others and followed that route to come back into the team,” he added.
Meanwhile, the PCB awaits Akmal’s answer after issuing the show cause notice against him and hoped that the “batsman will refrain from making baseless allegations”.
Earlier, Arthur had brushed aside all allegations leveled against him by Akmal by saying,
“He wanted to use Grant Flower’s services for batting. I told him he must earn the right to use the support staff and should first play club cricket. Nobody here should be taken for granted.”
Akmal has been a controversial character ever since coming into the national team and has been involved in regular spats with teammates with the most recent being Junaid Khan. He has also been dropped from the side due to this issues.
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