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Umar Akmal should learn from Kamran, says McCullum

SHARJAH: Lahore Qalandars' captain Brendon McCullum on Friday said that he thinks Umar Akmal should learn from his elder brother Kamran if he wants to progress and achieve success in his faltering career. Umar was dropped from the Lahore side after scoring just 57 runs in the five games he played before he was sidelined to an extent where he doesn't even come to the stadium. Lahore lost seven of their ten games and for the third year and ended on the last spot in Pakistan Super League points table. A…

Kamran Akmal says ready for one more do-or-die game

SHARJAH: Peshawar Zalmi opener Kamran Akmal has said that his team is ready for the last do-or-die game on Friday after brushing off Karachi Kings by 44 runs in Sharjah on Thursday. Kamran cracked 51-ball 75 with five sixes and three boundaries to lift his team to 181-6 before restricting Karachi Kings to 137-8 and was awarded the "Man of the Match" award. "We are still far off from the final and the focus is on Friday's game against Lahore which is another do-or-die game for us," said Kamran who notched his third…

Umar Akmal banned, fined over spat with Mickey Arthur

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handed controversial batsman Umar Akmal a three-match ban and a fine of one million rupees ($10,000) on Thursday, for an outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur last month. The 27-year-old, who had an infamous scuffle with a traffic warden which ended with a day in jail in 2014, had a verbal confrontation with Arthur in Lahore. Umar went to the media and alleged Arthur had used foul language against him during a practice session in a training camp in Lahore, an accusation…

‘Umar Akmal has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings’

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday condemned the reckless statements made by batsman Umar Akmal regarding his omission from the ICC Champions Trophy squad. "While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings," said a statement released by the PCB. The statement says that 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 but he…

Umar Akmal says Mickey Arthur verbally abused him in Inzamamul Haq’s presence

LAHORE: Cricketer Umar Akmal on Wednesday accused Pakistan Cricket Team's head coach Mickey Arthur of verbally abusing him and throwing him out of National Cricket Academy, ARY News reported. Speaking to media in Lahore, the middle-order batsman who was dropped from the Pakistan's Champions Trophy Squad, said that the head coach not only used foul language but even asked him to play in some club team instead of coming to cricket academy. He maintained that he was dropped out of cricket academy after being given…

Haris Sohail replaces Akmal in Pakistan Champions Trophy squad

KARACHI: All-rounder Haris Sohail will replace middle-order batsman Umar Akmal, who was unceremoniously withdrawn from the Champions Trophy squad over fitness concerns a week before the competition, it was announced on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Akmal, known for his checkered disciplinary record, failed two fitness tests after joining the squad in Birmingham last week. He was left out of the limited-over squads for the tour of West Indies in March for being overweight. The four-yearly eight-team tournament hosted by…

Inzamam names top contenders to replace unfit Akmal for Champions Trophy

LAHORE: Left-handed batsmen Haris Sohail and Umar Amin are the top contenders to replace dropped Umar Akmal for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Monday. Akmal was dropped from the Pakistan squad for the eight-team tournament and flown back home after he failed a fitness test. “We’ll consider Haris (Sohail), Umar (Amin) and other players, who performed well during the Pakistan Cup as to replace Akmal,” said Inzamam. Umar and Haris scored 296 and 236 runs in four and…

Umar Akmal withdrawn from Champions Trophy squad

LAHORE: Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has been removed from Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy squad after he failed to clear a fitness test, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said in a statement. The PCB chief said that it is the second fitness test which Akmal failed within the span of two months, hence he has been removed from the squad with immediate effect. Pakistan team is currently in England to take part in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy event. The cricketers fitness test was held…

PCB forms committee to probe spat between Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted an inquiry committee to probe spat between Punjab Team Captain Umar Akmal and his teammate Junaid Khan. The incident took place when Umar Akmal in an interview was asked about his team’s combination against Sindh in Pakistan Cup match on Thursday. He said after he had entered the ground he came to know that Junaid was absent, which left him surprised. “The coach and manager apprised me that he said he is not coming for playing today. As a captain it is…