Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has vowed to continue on improving. The Lahore-based talented batsman Umar has recently made it to Pakistan’s 16-man squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia. However, Umar is banking on his performances for the impending series in a bid to improve his chances for the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal is extremely excited for the upcoming ODI series against Australia later this month as he believes it offers him a fresh start.
The much-awaited series against Australia will kick-off March 22 in Sharjah as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is second-adopted for Pakistan since 2009 gruesome attack on Sri Lanka team bus at Liberty Chowk in Lahore.
Akmal last represented Pakistan in January 2017 and has been in the spotlight for disciplinary reasons since then.
However, with the 28-year-old having regained his spot in the ODI squad through his excellent performance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he has scored 277 runs in 11 games for the Quetta Gladiators at an average of 34.62, he is now aiming to cement his spot in the side.
He maintained the fans will witness high-quality cricket while requesting them to back him on his return.
“I want to forget whatever has happened in the past, whether it is good or bad. I’ll play this series just like it’s my debut. I request the fans to back me and the team,” he told Dawn.
Australia will be coming into the series, which begins on March 22 in Sharjah, on a high as they recently beat India 3-2 in a five-match ODI series.
“Australia are high on confidence after the series win against India but our boys will be carrying their PSL form and they will be feeling confident. The fans will get to see good cricket,” Akmal said.
ICC called off the Indian propaganda;
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday called off the Indian propaganda against Umar Akmal and declared him clear to play International cricket.
According to Indian media, the ICC is investigating against the stylish batsman after he confessed about being approached by the match-fixers during the World Cup 2015 in an interview to a Pakistan-based media channel.
“They offered me $0.2 million to leave two balls in the cricket World Cup,” Umar stated. Akmal also said that he had been asked to fix matches against India but he kept Pakistan his priority.
“I told them to not offer such things to me as my country is everything for me,” said Umar who reported the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding this incident.
Umar said he has been learning from all the aforementioned names.
“I’m grateful that we have such a big legend [Richards] in our team and I’m learning a lot from him. Apart from him, our head coach Moin Khan is also someone I learn from. I’m working on my power hitting and Razzaq bhai is helping me with it. Azam Khan too has helped me staying on the right track,” said the 28-year-old.
With 277 runs at an average of 34 against his name in the top-scorers chart of the ongoing PSL, the explosive right-hander hasn’t been extraordinary as far as numbers are concerned.
Umar revealed that he had a chat with Arthur himself, before he was named in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ODI series against Australia.
“Mickey told me I was a match winner and I can finish games and I can do that if I display more control,” revealed the Lahore-born cricketer.
“I’m trying to avoid playing irresponsible shots and the Quetta Gladiators team management deserves credit for fixing that side of my game,” he said.