Umar Akmal sustains a duck while marking his debut for American grade cricket
Akmal's comeback hasn't been received very well in the Pakistan circuit.
Updated - Oct 7, 2021 5:30 pm
It was only a few days back when Umar Akmal left Pakistan to get some opportunities of playing league cricket in the USA. He had signed a short-term contract with Northern California Cricket Association but it remains to be seen if he will look for future plans given his relations with Pakistan Cricket. He is up in Premier C League while plying his trade for California Zalmi.
It was during his debut in American grade cricket that he sustained a duck. A video of him sustaining a duck in doing rounds on social media. Akmal will certainly be unhappy with his dismal start in the USA. He would be keen on bettering his records on foreign soil owing to a proper cricketing future.
It was only sometimes back when Akmal joined professional cricket after serving his due ban for breaching the PCB’s anti-corruption code. However, when he joined the lot back, it wasn’t very well received by the people around. Though PCB helped him complete his rehab program, his participation in the top domestic leagues wasn’t given a nod.
Umar Akmal wasn’t given a chance in the ongoing National T20 Cup of Pakistan
It is due to the same thing that he hasn’t been included in the ongoing National T20 Cup of Pakistan. After returning dismal figures for Central Punjab Second XI in the PCB Cricket Associations, he has decided to move away from the domestic circuit of Pakistan for time being.
It is yet not clear if Akmal will miss the complete season of first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy set to commence from October 20 and One Day Cup from February 25. A family member had earlier stated that Akmal deserves a better chance with Pakistan cricket.
“There are a few others who were banned with bigger charges but given unprecedented support to make a comeback. The system was never fair to Umar. There were blatant compromises made to select a few players with poor fitness, but the benchmark was made tighter for him [Umar] to make sure keep him out,” said one of the family members of Umar Akmal as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
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