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Umar Akmal dropped by his domestic side

Umar Farooq

November 14, 2012

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Umar Akmal heads for a training session on the eve of the semi-final against Sri Lanka, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 3, 2012
Umar Akmal skipped several matches in this season's President's Trophy © AFP
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Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, has been left out by his department side Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) from the President's Trophy, the Pakistan's domestic first-class tournament. Akmal had skipped several rounds of the tournament, but was 'discouraged' after being dropped as he had hoped to show his Test credentials in the remaining rounds of the competition.

SNGPL are currently unbeaten in the President's Trophy, topping the table with 45 points after winning five of their six matches. Akmal only featured in one game, against National Bank of Pakistan in mid-October. He played in two Twenty20s against an International XI led by Sanath Jayasuriya and in the Hong Kong Sixes in late October but mainly missed matches due to his brother Adnan's wedding between November 6 and 8. Akmal has been associated with SNGPL since 2007 and scored 2224 first-class runs for the department at 57.02.

"It's really discouraging for me when I was snubbed by my department for just a petty reason," Akmal told reporters in Lahore. "I am in full practice and was meant to play most of the rounds but due to Adnan's wedding I had to miss most of the matches- a reason that was known to the management but still I am dropped. I was informed that it's a decision taken by higher management, and not the team management."

Basit Ali, the SNGPL coach and former Pakistan batsman, said Akmal was dropped over his form and he need to work on his technique to play first-class cricket. "He needs to learn how to bat in the longer-format of the game," Basit told reporters on the sidelines of the on-going match against Pakistan International Airlines at Gaddafi Stadium. "No doubt he is a great talent but he must sense the nature of the formats and play according to the format. He wasn't in good touch and was asked to play club cricket."

Akmal, 22, scored his maiden ODI hundred in his third match of his career and also made a century in his debut Test in 2009. While his limited-overs career has flourished since that promising start, his Test fortunes have waned, and he is yet to establish himself in the side.

Akmal shrugged off the tag of being a limited-overs cricketer, and said he was keen to play the longer format. "I have scored a lot of runs with good average (35.82) and I think I have done well with my Test cricket," Akmal said, "but perhaps because I play aggressively, the label is there. But I had a golden opportunity to play the President's Trophy to impress the selectors and win back my Test place. I am disappointed at being dropped (by the SNGPL)."

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Posted by pak79 on (November 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

I don't understand why people compare U Akmal and Kohli either...Kohli is a fantastic and now established batsmen and U Akmal is a waste of space. All i've been hearing for the past few years now is 'what a talent'. Well i'm afraid that talent hasn't materialised into anything. BYTW i'm Pakistani before anyone starts suggesting i'm an Indian or ........(please add any other nationality)

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

I don't understand y people compare U Akmal and V Kohli wd their stats. U Akmal played his cricket outside Whereas V Kohli played in his country. V Kohli comes at #3 in all formats but U Akmal has no permanent position in the lineup. That is enough I must Say....

Posted by Stark62 on (November 15, 2012, 18:55 GMT)


Umar has played most of his matches outside of Asia, whilst Azhar and Shafiq have primarily played in the sub-continent.

Yes, Azhar proved his mettle against Eng in Eng and I agree, he is very well suited to Test cricket but he is already 27 years of age.

However, Shafiq hasn't played much outside the sub-continent and when he played in Nz, he averaged 35.66 with the highest score of 83, whilst Umar has an average of 63.16 with a century and three 50's, plus he was by far the best batsmen during the Australian tour.

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (November 15, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Umar Akmal was better than Kohli. How times have changed?

Posted by Niazhussain on (November 15, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

I think U Akmal is not a good test player.Drop him from national side to go back and play first class.i don,t know how can u drop him from first class.So Basit Ali ans me how can akmal improve his circket

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Basit Ali, the SNGPL coach and former Pakistan batsman, said Akmal was dropped over his form and he need to work on his technique to play first-class cricket.

Hahahah ... What a joke :-)

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (November 15, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Umar Akmal is not test-standard and accepts 35 as a good test batting average demonstrating low expectations of himself and una. It is at least 10 short with a large number of batsmen having averages of around 55. Given Pakistan's dearth of talent, Umar would still be needed in limited overs cricket but he should be kicked out of test cricket.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

My suggestions 1. Groom Azhar Ali for captaincy. 2. Groom 1 or 2 spinners like yasir shah before saeed ajmal retires. 3. Hammad azam should be a constant member of ODI and T20 squad. 4. Drop Abdul razzaq, kamran akmal,shoaib malik, imran nazir, yasir arafat, muhammad sami permanently. We dont need performance once in a blue moon.These guys have given lot of chances. 5. Drop cheema, abdul rehman, taufeez umer these guys are the not the quality players. Always struggle against good teams. 5. Search good wicket keeper batsmen. 6. Bring waqar younis back as bowling coach. 7. Check afridi form for a year,if not good drop him. 8. misbah should resign from ODI too. 9. Groom young fast bowlers. ODI squad: hafeez (C),azhar, nasir, azhar,shafiq,umer, hammad,sarfraz ( temporary, keep searching good wiket keeper batsmen if found drop him as well ),afridi ( drop him after 1 year if form is not good, replace him with good alrounder , alrounder must b spinner ),Umer gul, saeed ajmal, Junaid Khan.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

The only problem with UMAR AKMAL is his ' temperament ' and nothing else. It is the duty of coach and captain to tell him. He is the only batsmen in PAK team who always play confidently in any situation where as the misbah, hafeez etc all panic at pressure situation. KOHLI and UMAR came at the same time in international cricket look where is KOHLI now. Pakistani cricket management deal and guide him poorly. UMAR can't play test cricket until misbah retires or someone injure but he should be in the test squad.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

This is totally ridiculous!

Posted by Sharjeel77 on (November 15, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Sick and tired of hearing praises about Umar Akmal's talent. Umar has to prove consistently that he dererves his position in the team. He can't take his position for granted. The trouble is that some people think that they are bigger than the team. Uman and Kamran should be replaced ASAP.

Posted by anver777 on (November 15, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Strange Strange !!!! If a talented player like Umar is getting dropped in a 1st class match, then how can he regain his lost form & get use to longer formats, With no International cricket on Pak soil for sometime, this is the best opportunity for a player to correct himself & prepare for international scene. I'm bit confused over Basit's thinking on this issue ????

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Umar akmal is great one is more talented in the team of pakistan than Umar Akmal. Many other people,and players are jealous of him, thats the main reason.

Posted by cricketistheway on (November 15, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

While no one denies UA's talent, it is the temperament that's in question. Even in limited overs cricket, he has repeatedly thrown his wicket away with over confident shots. Cricket requires smart brain, knowing your strength and that of your opponent.Besides, both Kamran and Umer have learn that they are not indispensable.This has to be drilled into every Pakistani player's mind (including Shoaib Malik).A few good scores and they take their place in team for granted. So, every once in a while, bring them down to earth.Drop them for sometime.Make them fight for their survival.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (November 15, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

One minut basit what do you mean by technique if some one playin for you and score over 2000 it the ave above 57 where other hordly come near to 50avg in pak only one other player who is above avg from umer for there team fawad who played with the avg of 60.sorry basit it is not the technique some thing else going there say it mate.and for umer dont worry you have alot of time to play if you did not got your spot right now in test may be next year all you have to do score tons.if you are geting score dont worry about technique ofter all its all about geting runs.we want umer who play positively.

Posted by Legaleagle on (November 15, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Umar Akmal has been given a lot of chances. Pakistan has LOT MORE talented players waiting to perform. Can we please get rid of Akmal family? Why can't we get a real player from other talents?

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

Umar Akmal is is a great talent but currently needs to work on his temperament for the longer version of the game. But I think this is quite a harsh decision but something for Umar Akmal to think and reflect upon. He must prove himself

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 15, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

What a pathetic decision to drop this young sensation! Well he is by no means like Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq, but still a great find.

Posted by aaaa2aa on (November 15, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

pakistan is due to play india next month it is important that the player's be given a chance to play cricket so that they can be ready it does not make a difference weather is test or one day first it was afridi and now akmal plus pcb needs to pay attention to players like azher,shafiq,jamshed and umer these guy's need to be send to play county and aus domestic cricket for at least 2to3 years this will polish their batting techniques

Posted by OzWally on (November 15, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

Interesting, when combined with the fact I was watching a recent Hong Kong sixes tournament and along with a few retired and middle of the road "names" from other countries, lo and behold who is playing for Pakistan? Umar and Kamran. Hard to understand where their (or the National board's) heads are at in letting this happen.

Posted by ZalimHK on (November 15, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

it's a good deceion to drop him, Basit syas right stuff about him, he is not talented by brain, people who are saying he is talented there cricket knowledge is miner. he should learn how to build inngies and should learn which ball to hit n which ball need to left out or stop if he want to play test cricket. being professional excuse should not be given like kids. he must be well aware of his brother wedding in advance.

Posted by hoodbu on (November 15, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

Drop him from Tests, not from a first class team.

Posted by Stumpbreaker on (November 15, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Difference between Kohli and Akmal... Kohli went on to finish his innings even while his fathers dead body waited funeral for this first class side... Akmal missed 'matches' not 'match' for his brother's marriage. Different shows in the results as well.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (November 15, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Not a very good decesion to be honest. He should be kept in squad against test series against SA.

Posted by JBerger on (November 14, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

It's a sad case of mix disasters. Umar with amazing talent but terrible attitude for being a professional on the top of most bizarre management that waste most of the talent on their disposal but in his case some time rightly or wrongly. I am pretty sure he would have had a better career with any other International team. But his unsung career so far is a failure of both him and the management.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 14, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Umar Akmal needs to be encouraged. Not dropped. Its bad decision. His batting is mercurial but he has the talent better than rohit sharma who flopped after million times. He needs to play better though. If you do not score runs , you give everyone a chance to drop you. 35 average is bad for great batsman. He needs to think of himself great batsman. if he thinks his average 35 is good then he needs to be dropped. Setting lower goals may make you happy but it won't allow you to achieve bigger goals. if talent is not applied well , its no use.

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (November 14, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Mr Basit Ali I considered you a wise and a respectable person but not any more after this type of rediculs. Umar is much much better batsman than Misbah in any format of cricket

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

He thinks an average of 35.82 is good in test cricket. Look at Virat Kohli. An average of over 51 in ODI cricket. Mr. Akmal, you need to be more ambitious towards your career because frankly you have not done your fair share in test cricket and you have a long way to go.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (November 14, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

It seems very funny from Basit Ali. He is saying that the person who top scored from Pakistan team in last two tournaments (T20 WC and Intl XI matches) is out of form. I can only laugh on this statement. By selectors standards Gayle, Watoo and Sehwag should also be dropped from their respective teams because they are also guilty of playing aggressively.

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 14, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

@Stark62: Asad Shafiq has a test average of 42 with 2 centuries and 6 fifties after 16 matches. Azhar Ali has an average of 45 with 3 centuries and 13 fifties after 24 matches. Now compare that to Umar Akmal's average of 35 with 1 century and 6 fifties in 16 matches. Technically and temperamentally both Asad and Azhar are way better than Umar and the stats and there for all to see. They may not be quick scorers but at least they can hold their own where as most Akmal brothers apart from Adnan are basically T20 material. Test cricket is all about grinding, not necessarily pretty but EFFECTIVE! However, I dont think its right to drop a test player from first class matches. FC structure is there to serve the national test team and any test player in a bad form should be allowed to join it whenever he chooses. Somebody messed up somewhere I suppose.

Posted by Desihungama on (November 14, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

So being unprofessional is now considered petty? If he needed time off to attend his brother's wedding he should have informed his respective department in a timely manner. Weddings are not spontaneous, dates are set well in advance for everyone to know. This is total unprofessional attitude.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Umar Akmal may have some other issues which we don't know. He is very aggressive batsman by nature like a tiger. Indian Kohli and British Peterson are like that way also, One cannot change their nature. He must play pr it is better to change the guy and remove the manager who blocked Umar Akmal. This man should never be a manager who cannot work with different people with different needs at different time. Umar is not a Robot. If he wants manage the robots than he has to move on.If you want players for 3 diff formats than you must have three different type of players because if you have practice or habit and body and mind has set to respond a certain way it is not very easy to switch to different style. Look at Afridi he is worlds most responsible player and Captain and gets out at first ball and may have the world record of most irresponsible hitter while he has hit most sixes and have couple of world records. He is only good for 10Ten not even Twenty20

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

umer akmal dropped...................

Posted by Stark62 on (November 14, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

@ vaseem I mostly concur with your batting line up, except I would rather have Jamshed as the opener along with Azhar but I completely disagree with your bowling line up.

SADAF HUSSAIN is by far the best fast bowling option Pak have available currently and must be a definite pick for the SA series. Also, I would to see the trio of Sadaf, Junaid and Rahat as the three fast bowlers in the starting line up.

Posted by LeftBrain on (November 14, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Very good decision. Anybody who doesnt translate his supposed talent into solid performances, is a fluke. Umar Akmal belongs to this fluke category unless he prove otherwise.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Umar Akmal is one of the very few talented batsmen in Pakistan and he should be given all the encouragement as possible to play in all formats of the game. If I was selecting test XI he would definitely be in my team. My test XI would be 1. Hafeez / Taufeeq, 2. Azhar Ali, 3. Yunus Khan, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Misbah Ul Haq, 7. Adnan Akmal / Sarfraz Ahmed, 8. Wahab Riaz, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan. If wicket is assisting spinners than perhaps instead of one of the fast bowlers a spinner can be added to the XI.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (November 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

I think Umar Akmal is Pakistan equivalent of Rohit Sharma. Both these guys are supremely talented but both haven't done enough justice to their talent. At least Umar Akmal has played some Tests. Rohit Sharma is yet to make a Test debut. If these guys sort out their temperament, they can be one of the best batsmen around. These two are one of the very few subcontinent batsmen who can play the short ball very well. I have seen them pulling really good short balls way back into the stands. But the problem is they can also get out to pretty ordinary deliveries and gift their wicket to the opposition.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Really funny from Basit Ali... the last match Umar Akmal played for SNGPL, he was the top scorer (44 and 48) from his side.

Posted by Hashmi786 on (November 14, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Now this is ridiculous. He is the most talented batsman in the country but Misbah-ul-Haq and the senior players who all play for SNGPL seems to be wasting his potential. As per Basit Ali, Umar Akmal is not a good First-class player. What a funny statement by a a joker. Akmal averages more than 47 runs per innings in first-class cricket; whereas, in reality, his first-class record is much better than Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali and Ali Waqas, who all are playing the current round of the President's Trophy.

This is height of stupidity .. A great talent being wasted ..

Posted by EngineerKhan on (November 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

He and Nasir Jamshed are only Batsmen in the team. No matter how much would people tag him to be an ODI player, I never agree with them. He is ideally suited to Test cricket to compliment the likes of slows Azhar Ali, Hafeez and Misbah. For those who doubt must see his innings in that unfamous test against England at Lord's, 2010

Posted by Stark62 on (November 14, 2012, 15:52 GMT)


He has a FC average of 47.44,which is much better than Azhar and Shafiq, the so called "future" of Pak.

I guess Misbah must have played a roll in this decision.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (November 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

a man with a 1st class average of 47 needs to work on his longer version batting ?

WOW ...

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

lol.. and this is Pak "best" batsman and the "future', this bloke is just a joke.

Posted by NAHEEM on (November 14, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

totally unfair with umar looking impossible for umar to make come back in test team.. there are some people who does not want him even at international level.. ALLAH WILL HELP U umar bai...

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (November 14, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Have you had a look at the Sui team. There's a reason they're unbeaten, favorites to win the competition and Umar can't even get into the team.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

what a hell....umar ukmal dropped ??? he was top scorer for his team in last two innings , a weak ago & he is dropped ... it happens only in pak

Posted by mainul079080 on (November 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Good decision for a talented batsman to groom himself.But my question is-are other batsmen playing in President Trophy are good enough for 4 day version of the game? i cant see even 350+ score often in this tournament by a team.Mostly they bundles out <300 or 250.Even national players are struggling.It talks for their temperament. In Ranjy trophy you can see a lots of big scores both by team and individually. Thats why Indian batsmen are classy performer in international arena.They learn and grow up in 1st class cricket.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 14, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

maybe him and shaun marsh can start their own freelance domestic side and play teams around the world.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Foolish ....................................................

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