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    "We should forget about Umar Akmal and move on from him" : Mohammad Zahid

    Writing in his latest blog for PakPassion.net, Mohammad Zahid examines the issues related to the ongoing PSL corruption scandal, the poor state of domestic cricket in Pakistan, how PCB can learn from the manner in which Cricket Australia looks after their fast-bowlers and why Pakistan must move on from Umar Akmal.


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    Fixers need to be given life-bans

    It is truly tragic for Pakistan cricket that the spot-fixing saga emerged during an otherwise very successful 2017 Pakistan Super League. There is no other option in my view but to investigate the matter thoroughly and give life-bans to the perpetrators. There can be no leniency as every crime has to have a punishment and especially where the motive seems to be just pure greed. I am disappointed like any other Pakistani but remember these players are paid well so there is no excuse for stepping out of line. A life-ban is the only deterrent for anyone else even thinking of taking the same decision in the future.

    And let’s be fair here, the exemplary punishments shouldn’t just start with the current accused players, the same life-ban should have been applied to the likes of Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif as well. Until you set examples like that, we will continue to see problems like these happen again and again.


    Pakistan cricket needs divine help to progress

    To those who look at the success of the PSL as an indicator of how well our cricket is progressing, I have a newsflash for them. The PSL is nothing more than a good money making venture. If you think that Pakistan cricket will improve due to a Twenty20 tournament, then you are sadly mistaken. We cannot expect to produce quality international cricketers on the basis of the Twenty20 format as that type of player only emerges from a sound grounding via the four-day cricket route. If you have players who are experts in Twenty20 cricket, you cannot expect them to survive in the fifty-over or Test matches as the skills and mindsets are different.

    In particular, the state of our four-day game is abysmal to say the least. From the state of pitches to the quality of balls as well as umpiring standards, there seems to be a huge number of problems in our domestic game. In this desire to cash-in on a popular format, there seems to be an undue emphasis and investment in the Twenty20 format of the game. Where you cannot even provide proper meals to players in domestic games, what hope do we have of improving other aspects of the game? The emphasis on four-day cricket is sadly missing and that will hurt Pakistan cricket in the future, regardless of whatever successes we have in organizing the PSL. There is obviously some conflict between the PCB’s goals and the PSL organizers aims and that will hurt us in the long-term. By the way, the PCB is not faced with a problem that is unique to Pakistan. Why is it that other cricket playing nations like Australia, South Africa, England do not have the same problem in organizing their domestic four-day games to allow their best cricketers to develop, whilst still having excellent Twenty20 tournaments of their own?


    The PCB should follow the example of Cricket Australia when it comes to looking after their own fast-bowlers

    The likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle have had an unfortunate spate of injuries which is worrying. I must say that Pat Cummins' bowling reminds me of myself and I do hope Cricket Australia take good care of him and he stays fit as he is a special talent. What is important is that there is excellent care available for these bowlers and despite their injuries, there also seems to be no shortage of quality well-developed pace bowling talent coming out of Australia. In fact, given the care they take of their bowlers, I do wonder if in a similar situation many Pakistani fast-bowling careers such as my own would have probably been extended for longer had the PCB taken its responsibilities seriously. The PCB has a lot to learn from Cricket Australia in this regard and they need to do this quickly before any more Pakistan bowlers have their careers cut-short due to injuries. Frankly speaking, injuries to fast-bowlers aren’t a new phenomenon. It is a fact that all genuine fast-bowlers will have injuries during their careers but they obviously need good care which is where the PCB needs to pay attention to avoid losing decent bowlers for good.


    Good to see some young blood inducted in the Pakistan ODI team

    The latest change made by the PCB to the ODI team structure is the appointment of Sarfraz Ahmed as the captain. Without taking too much away from Sarfraz’s capabilities as a leader, I think the change was only brought about by the fact that there is no other option as we needed to make some changes if we are to improve our dismal ODI ranking. I am encouraged though with the selection of the ODI team for the West Indies tour. This is because I see a lot of young players in the mix. Whether they get a chance to play in the series is moot but the fact is that we urgently need to have young blood in the team sooner than later as our older players will also need to move on soon.


    Need to replace Umar Akmal with a better quality player

    Let’s be clear here, Umar Akmal is not that established a player that we cannot replace him. He has recently been dropped for fitness reasons and before that it was discipline which was cited as a reason for ignoring him. He is not that important a player and has been around for a few years, so we must consider a replacement for him. I do not see any way in which his attitude and situation can improve in the short run so why continue wasting time on him? We should forget about him and move on and get another deserving player to take his role. Fact is anyone given so many chances can also match Umar so I don’t see why we need to persist with him. His attitude and general mental approach is not what Pakistan needs and the feeling of entitlement for a Pakistan spot on his behalf is also not needed given Pakistan’s current position in the ODI rankings.


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    completely agreed on commetns regardng umar akmal....

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    I disagree.

    All Pakistan players are assets on PCB's balance sheet. To writeoff an asset, there needs to be some serious thought given as to why its been a failure and what steps were taken to ensure that it did not get to this state.

    Good money (including central contracts) were spend on this guy and we need to be doubly sure that we have extracted every ounce of benefit from him before discarding him.

    Does he need one-to-one mentoring? PCB appointed Malik to mentor Amir on his return. Where/who is Umar Akmal's mentor? Should he be put in a one-to-one batting coach to resolve his issues?

    This isn't anyone's "baaps" money to throw at players just to discard them when we cant handle someone.


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    Spot on regarding the neglect of 4 day cricket.

    It seems that all the PCB cares about at the moment is the goose that is laying golden eggs - the PSL.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Spot on regarding the neglect of 4 day cricket.

    It seems that all the PCB cares about at the moment is the goose that is laying golden eggs - the PSL.
    What I don't understand is that if we were to have a system producing quality players, it would automatically benefit the PSL, having players with a higher caliber.

    I'm certain the money earned through the PSL can fund a complete over-haul of our 4-day cricket. Alas, this is the PCB, and things won't be changing anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinnegan Sasuke View Post
    What I don't understand is that if we were to have a system producing quality players, it would automatically benefit the PSL, having players with a higher caliber.

    I'm certain the money earned through the PSL can fund a complete over-haul of our 4-day cricket. Alas, this is the PCB, and things won't be changing anytime soon.
    Yes, if that money could fund 4 day cricket. if.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I disagree.

    All Pakistan players are assets on PCB's balance sheet. To writeoff an asset, there needs to be some serious thought given as to why its been a failure and what steps were taken to ensure that it did not get to this state.

    Good money (including central contracts) were spend on this guy and we need to be doubly sure that we have extracted every ounce of benefit from him before discarding him.

    Does he need one-to-one mentoring? PCB appointed Malik to mentor Amir on his return. Where/who is Umar Akmal's mentor? Should he be put in a one-to-one batting coach to resolve his issues?

    This isn't anyone's "baaps" money to throw at players just to discard them when we cant handle someone.
    this isn't anyone's BAAPS money to keep throwing at something useless which won't yield you anything. Its complete insanity to expect him to step up and perform when we have his pathetic display for almost a decade
    and Amir's case can't be compared with him, he was coming after many many years and he had to face tough situations so someone like Malik was perfect to guide him, while different things have been tried with AKMAL but completely wasted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinnegan Sasuke View Post
    What I don't understand is that if we were to have a system producing quality players, it would automatically benefit the PSL, having players with a higher caliber.

    I'm certain the money earned through the PSL can fund a complete over-haul of our 4-day cricket. Alas, this is the PCB, and things won't be changing anytime soon.
    Money earned through PSL stays with the PSL and those benefitting from the PSL. Pockets of a select few being lined.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Money earned through PSL stays with the PSL and those benefitting from the PSL. Pockets of a select few being lined.
    I see. In that case, the time and effort the PCB has spent on the PSL means that our domestics were left rotting. Honestly, this is pretty depressing stuff for an avid fan like myself.

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    Intelligence and ex PK players could never be used in the same sentence bar a few exceptions but if this was written by Zahid and not ghosted, it shows an intelligent ex PK players. I couldn't agree with him more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Intelligence and ex PK players could never be used in the same sentence bar a few exceptions but if this was written by Zahid and not ghosted, it shows an intelligent ex PK players. I couldn't agree with him more.
    Just to be clear. These are Zahid's quotes which we write.



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    Yet reportedly named captain of his team for the upcoming Pentangular Cup !

    Comical. So you don't trust the guy with the responsibility of keeping himself fit but you trust him to skipper a side and set an example to his players. And he's someone with a long history of attitude problems.

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    nice read, well thought out and excellent opinions all of which I agree with.

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    Totally agree. Umar is not consistent at international level moreover he has the tendency to always get himself in trouble. Enough chances have been given to him yet he continues to disappoint. It's time to get rid of all the Akmal menace.


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    This is one of the saddest threads that I have ever read on PakPassion.

    A supremely promising bowler, whose career was wrecked by injury, is arguing that his country close the door on a talented maverick who was unfairly expelled from the Test team, and then spent half a decade in the wilderness sulking (and eating).

    It's just very sad.

    The thing is though, Umar Akmal had the best start to his international career of any genuinely young Pakistan batsman since Javed Miandad. The best for 40 years.

    That means that his actual talent is beyond argument.

    The question then is whether he is fixable. Fitness is obviously fixable.

    So the question then becomes one of whether his batting has degraded so badly that he is unselectable.

    Umar Akmal's recent First Class record is actually excellent, with a hundred and a fifty in his last two matches.

    So we come back to ODI's.

    He toured Australia at his peak in 2009-10 and then again two months ago. And this is how he compared then and now:

    2009-10: 187 runs in Australia @ 37.40
    2016-17: 131 runs in Australia @ 32.75

    Meanwhile inferior batsmen like Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq have padded their records with cheap runs on pitches which are bowlers' graveyards in the UAE.

    Umar Akmal's recent First Class and ODI records tell me that he should be persisted with. He just needs closer fitness monitoring and closer coaching and mentoring.

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    Rightfully,Pakistan should move on from him and look for players with better attitude and passion towards the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I disagree.

    All Pakistan players are assets on PCB's balance sheet. To writeoff an asset, there needs to be some serious thought given as to why its been a failure and what steps were taken to ensure that it did not get to this state.

    Good money (including central contracts) were spend on this guy and we need to be doubly sure that we have extracted every ounce of benefit from him before discarding him.

    Does he need one-to-one mentoring? PCB appointed Malik to mentor Amir on his return. Where/who is Umar Akmal's mentor? Should he be put in a one-to-one batting coach to resolve his issues?

    This isn't anyone's "baaps" money to throw at players just to discard them when we cant handle someone.
    Very expensive for PCB to do that, they have NCA for that, if they have interests to succeed in the top level, players should voluntarily go to the legends for advice and mentorship to hone out their skills.... Moreover his attitude is a big concern and needs a change, it is also because of the education and bringing up of this kid... He must consult a sports psychologist to learn more general knowledge, behavioural attitude, how to carry himself as an international player/icon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    Rightfully,Pakistan should move on from him and look for players with better attitude and passion towards the game.
    this is the only thing possible for PCB... rest is on UA's hands to make a change for himself...

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    Well said. totally agreed regarding umar akmal.

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    Former Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Zahid believes it’s game over for out-of-favour batsman Umar Akmal and it’s time to oust him completely out of the equation.

    Akmal, 26, after emerging as a hot prospect in 2009, has failed to live up to the fans’ and selectors’ expectations despite starting off his career brilliantly.

    The right-hander scored a century in his second One-Day International (ODI) appearance for Pakistan against Sri Lanka and also smashed a Test debut ton in New Zealand later that year.

    Akmal’s showed glimpses of his talent after his early days in the Pakistan shirt and failed to show consistency.

    Today, eight years after his debut, the batsman is a liability for the national side.

    “We should forget about him (Akmal) and move on and get another deserving player to take his role,” Zahid told Pakpassion.net.

    Akmal last scored a century three years ago, that too against minnows Afghanistan — and has just three half-centuries in his bag since then.

    The Lahore-born batsman, however, still keeps making it to the Pakistan squads — if not in all formats then at least in one.

    Akmal was ignored for the ODI and T20 squads for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of the West Indies after failing a fitness Test — one of the many reasons he keeps getting in and out of the side.

    “He has recently been dropped for fitness reasons and before that it was discipline which was cited as a reason for ignoring him,” said Zahid, whose career was marred due to a back injury.

    Zahid also believed Akmal can easily be replaced by many other batsman who are desperate to cement their spots in the national side and have been performing better than the Lahore-born cricketer.

    “He is not that important a player and has been around for a few years, so we must consider a replacement for him,” he said.

    “I do not see any way in which his attitude and situation can improve in the short run so why continue wasting time on him?” questioned the 40-year-old.

    https://arysports.tv/forget-umar-akmal-and-move-on/


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    With the emergence of players like Shadab Khan and Babar Azam, it makes Umar Akmal's life that little bit harder to get back into international cricket.



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