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    "Umar Akmal's chances of making a comeback have been greatly diminished" : Aamir Sohail

    In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, Aamir Sohail writes about the ongoing controversy surrounding Umar Akmal's remarks about Mickey Arthur, the abrupt manner of recall of Pakistan players from overseas duties for the National T20 Cup, his thoughts on the World XI tour of Pakistan and what Najam Sethi needs to focus on as he starts his tenure as Chairman of the PCB.




    The Umar Akmal saga continues

    It appears that there is a new controversy brewing in Pakistan cricket with Umar Akmal’s allegations of abusive language used by Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur. In my view, there is little doubt in the fact that Umar Akmal is doing this out of frustration at the manner in which his career is progressing so far. There was a lot of promise in his career at the onset but that has failed to materialize and not been fulfilled.

    The PCB on their part have also been lax in the way they have failed to provide support to the batsman. If he had any drawbacks or faults in his skills or personality, then they should have mentored him in a proper way. If you compare Pakistan to other countries in the world, talented players are given attention and work done with them not only on cricketing aspects but also on matters related to off the field as well.

    So, in summary, there is frustration and lack of application from both sides which has resulted in matters escalating in this manner. I also believe that Umar Akmal’s chances of making a comeback into this team under the current Head Coach have been greatly diminished by his outburst as now there may be an element of personal like or dislike in selection matters. His international career will now go on hold but really what he should have done is to work hard on all aspects of his cricket which were identified as weak by others and followed that route to come back into the team. But let’s also not forget one issue here. Umar Akmal was certified fit by the Chief Selector and his staff and then sent home before start of the Champions Trophy by the Head Coach after being declared unfit. To me that does not look right and should also be looked into it when considering Umar’s case.


    The abrupt recall from overseas for players for the National T20 Cup

    If speaking in contractual terms, then it is clear that the PCB and national duties hold precedence over all contracts that players sign with other parties. In that sense, there really is no issue when players have to cut short their assignments with overseas employers and return to Pakistan.

    Where there is a problem in the manner things have been done by the PCB when calling back players for the National T20 is that it has sent out the wrong message to the world. When scheduling such a tournament, the PCB should have taken into account that there is a certain time in the year when Pakistani players go away to take part in these overseas tournaments as those dates are driven by the duration of the local cricket seasons. PCB should have made appropriate adjustments to their own calendar which would have also allowed the players to earn more money from overseas assignments.

    In addition, if PCB makes such abrupt decisions then the foreign leagues from next year will start to shy away from picking Pakistan players and will not prefer them over other players as that disrupts their plans and affects ability to win tournaments. The effect on morale of players who are all set to play away from home and then suddenly asked to return home is also something which needs to be considered. If the planning is done right, then all players would be aware of the extent of their commitments overseas and it would also be fair on their employers. So, when they are negotiating contracts, the players can state their availability during the season and the team managements can decide whether they wish to go ahead with the contract or not. And whilst we are on the subject of the National T20, there seems to be an inordinate amount of emphasis on this type of cricket with other domestic tournaments such as the PSL by the PCB and as a result our overall cricket is suffering as well. To me this is a larger issue which needs to be looked at as soon as possible.


    The World XI Tour

    It appears that the World XI tour of Pakistan is all set to materialize in September which can only be good news for the local cricket-starved fans and Pakistan cricket in general. However, by offering huge amounts of money to players to get them to visit Pakistan is also sending mixed signals to the world. It would seem that no one is willing to come to Pakistan unless offered a king’s ransom which is not what the world wants to hear. What they need to be doing is to present their case for resumption of international cricket in Pakistan based upon the fact that yes, we accept that tragic events took place in our country but now things have improved and Pakistan is a safe country to visit. That alone should be the basis of any team’s visit to Pakistan.

    In this regard, the ICC has an important role to play. They should be stepping in to convince and also share the financial burden with the PCB if players have to be paid huge fees for their tour of Pakistan. I also do not agree with the blanket security that was provided during the final of the 2017 edition of the PSL in Lahore in March. If the objective is to show that cricketers are safe in our country by blocking the city then I am afraid that is the wrong signal to send to the world. We should be able to provide the same security in a not-so-obvious show of force as flooding streets with security personnel will make visitors uneasy.

    The impression which should be given is that Pakistan is a safe country and things are back to normal. More than the names and reputations of World XI players, what will determine the success of the tour will be how the world sees Pakistan's ability to host tours without a problem. By providing such high levels of security as we saw in the PSL, we are defeating the purpose of the World XI’s visit which should be to send out a positive message and show that Pakistan is as safe as any other country, and normal life continues without fear.


    The change of guard at the Pakistan Cricket Board

    As expected, we now have Najam Sethi as the new Chairman of the PCB. What I am expecting him to do for the betterment of Pakistan cricket is to let go of his emphasis on the PSL. He needs to move away from putting his energies on PSL and actually start to look to improve the way Pakistan cricket functions as a whole. If he is serious about his job, he needs to examine the list of personnel who are associated with Pakistan cricket and evaluate their performances in the roles they have been assigned to. What he must ask is if the people employed by the PCB and the salaries paid to them are justifiable in face of the actual output from these staff. Apart from that, Mr. Sethi will be well advised to turn his attention to making a serious effort to improving cricket in Pakistan at the club and grass-root levels. Cricket at these levels is not organised at all and the PCB under Najam Sethi will need to ensure that this objective is at the top of their list as this is the number one reason we are struggling to get to the top of world cricket.

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    Umar Akmal has failed to deliver. There comes a time when one has to accept the facts. He is neither that good and also lacks the discipline to be a top star. Time to move on from all the Akmal's, permanently. Kamran and Umar in particular seemed to think they are greater then the team.


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    He has been too lenient on U Akmal case here.

    I understand the fact that some individuals are such that you need to guide them properly including non-cricketing matters and you can argue that UA is one of them.But lets be very clear here.Umar Akmal is a grown up man.He has got a family and he is now 27 years old.If he still needs someone to guide him in the ways he has to deal with his cricket let alone family matters then the problem lies with him.

    I just can't accept the fact that there is a conspiracy going against him.The fact that he had problems with almost every coach/captain tells you that he is the culprit.From Waqar Younis,then Misbah and now Mickey Arthur, everyone cannot be at fault and that is excluding the controversies he has created along the way.

    He has done more damage to Pakistan cricket then himself because more often than not he has been a match loosing player than the winning one and all the investment has gone to the bin.He should have never played near to 200 games for Pakistan.It is the time to shut these players out of the team and sent a clear message that we won't tolerate your shenanigans with your performance going in the backward direction;for years.

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    cant believe this guy is defending Umar Akmal..

    Bro, if a guy is fit, then one could take 10 fitness test in a week, he should be able to pass them


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    Umer Akmal is the Most Talented Cricketer In our Team................
    I love it............

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    I agree with his comments about security for the World XI series in Pakistan. Obviously maximum security should be provided as any incident will set us back years.

    But it's hard to persuade the world that your country is back to normal when that security comes in the form of blocking all roads to the stadium, hiring 10,000 Rangers and police and having three layers of security checks.

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    Why is there always an expectation that it's PCB's job to instill decent level of professionalism in these guys? Why should PCB mentor him and get him a trainer? If a player does not have an iota of intelligence and professionalism (like Umar) they should be left alone to figure it out. Enough of this hand holding because it turns these player in to professional cry babies like the Akmals.

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    Umar Akmal's chances of making comeback are diminished: Aamer Sohail

    Former Pakistan Test opener Aamer Sohail believes Umar Akmal’s chances of making a comeback into the national side have been greatly diminished after his allegations against head coach Mickey Arthur. Akmal had accused Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur of abusing him and barring him from practising at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). In his allegations against the Pakistan head coach, Akmal maintained that he was dropped from the team for the Champions Trophy after unjustified warning and wasn’t allowed to take the fitness test. And Sohail admitted that he feels Akmal’s allegations has come out of frustration in the manner in which his career is progressing.

    “It appears that there is a new controversy brewing in Pakistan cricket with Umar Akmal’s allegations of abusive language used by Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur. In my view, there is little doubt in the fact that Umar Akmal is doing this out of frustration at the manner in which his career is progressing so far. There was a lot of promise in his career at the onset but that has failed to materialize and not been fulfilled,” Pakpassion.net quoted Sohail as saying.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had refuted to the allegations made by Akmal with regards to his omission from the ICC Champions Trophy squad, saying that the middle-order batsman is making a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failures.

    Issuing a statement on Friday, the PCB said, “While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings. 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.”

    However, the 50-year-old insisted that the Najam Sethi-led board have also failed to provide adequate support to the batsman.

    “The PCB on their part have also been lax in the way they have failed to provide support to the batsman. If he had any drawbacks or faults in his skills or personality, then they should have mentored him in a proper way. If you compare Pakistan to other countries in the world, talented players are given attention and work done with them not only on cricketing aspects but also on matters related to off the field as well,” he said.

    Sohail said that Akmal’s frustration after being dropped from the Champions Trophy squad and lack of application from both sides has resulted in matters escalating in this manner.

    “I also believe that Umar Akmal’s chances of making a comeback into this team under the current Head Coach have been greatly diminished by his outburst as now there may be an element of personal like or dislike in selection matters. His international career will now go on hold but really what he should have done is to work hard on all aspects of his cricket which were identified as weak by others and followed that route to come back into the team,” he added.

    Meanwhile, the PCB awaits Akmal’s response to the show cause issued to him and hopes that in the meantime, the “batsman will refrain from making baseless allegations”.

    Earlier, Arthur had brushed aside all allegations levelled against him by Akmal by saying, “He wanted to use Grant Flower’s services for batting. I told him he must earn the right to use the support staff and should first play club cricket. Nobody here should be taken for granted.”

    Akmal is known for creating controversies throughout his playing career, either relating to discipline or fitness. He has been involved in regular spats with team members, the most recent one with Junaid Khan. The player has also been dropped from the team often because of these concerns.

    http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/u...-sohail-635328

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    Umar Akmal's comeback chances slim post Arthur attack Aamir Sohail

    Former Pakistan Test opener Aamir Sohail believes Umar Akmal?s chances of making a comeback into the national side have been greatly diminished after his allegations against head coach Mickey Arthur.

    Akmal had accused Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur of abusing him and barring him from practicing at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

    In his allegations against the Pakistan head coach, Akmal maintained that he was dropped from the team for the Champions Trophy after unjustified warning and wasn't allowed to take the fitness test.

    And Sohail admitted that he feels Akmal?s allegations has come out of frustration in the manner in which his career is progressing.

    ?It appears that there is a new controversy brewing in Pakistan cricket with Umar Akmal?s allegations of abusive language used by Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur. In my view, there is little doubt in the fact that Umar Akmal is doing this out of frustration at the manner in which his career is progressing so far. There was a lot of promise in his career at the onset but that has failed to materialize and not been fulfilled,? Pakpassion.net quoted Sohail as saying.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had refuted to the allegations made by Akmal with regards to his omission from the ICC Champions Trophy squad, saying that the middle-order batsman is making a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failures.

    Issuing a statement on Friday, the PCB said, "While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings. 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."

    However, the 50-year-old insisted that the Najam Sethi-led board have also failed to provide adequate support to the batsman.

    "The PCB on their part have also been lax in the way they have failed to provide support to the batsman. If he had any drawbacks or faults in his skills or personality, then they should have mentored him in a proper way. If you compare Pakistan to other countries in the world, talented players are given attention and work done with them not only on cricketing aspects but also on matters related to off the field as well,? he said.

    Sohail said that Akmal?s frustration after being dropped from the Champions Trophy squad and lack of application from both sides has resulted in matters escalating in this manner.

    ?I also believe that Umar Akmal?s chances of making a comeback into this team under the current Head Coach have been greatly diminished by his outburst as now there may be an element of personal like or dislike in selection matters. His international career will now go on hold but really what he should have done is to work hard on all aspects of his cricket which were identified as weak by others and followed that route to come back into the team,? he added.

    Meanwhile, the PCB awaits Akmal's response to the show cause issued to him and hopes that in the meantime, the "batsman will refrain from making baseless allegations".

    Earlier, Arthur had brushed aside all allegations levelled against him by Akmal by saying, "He wanted to use Grant Flower's services for batting. I told him he must earn the right to use the support staff and should first play club cricket. Nobody here should be taken for granted."

    Akmal is known for creating controversies throughout his playing career, either relating to discipline or fitness. He has been involved in regular spats with team members, the most recent one with Junaid Khan. The player has also been dropped from the team often because of these concerns.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/sports/repor...sohail-2536846

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/201...ly-diminished/

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    Chances now heading towards the infinitesimal stage...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Chances now heading towards the infinitesimal stage...


    In Pak cricketing terminology, that sometime means that the said player might return in the team as the next captain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsee View Post
    In Pak cricketing terminology, that sometime means that the said player might return in the team as the next captain
    or Chairman!


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    ^^^Could be both, at two different times in future #JahaaziButt

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    f you compare Pakistan to other countries in the world, talented players are given attention and work done with them not only on cricketing aspects but also on matters related to off the field as well.
    I disagree with this part.

    Teams quickly dispose of players who behave like Akmal. For example, England removed Pietersen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingusama92 View Post
    I disagree with this part.

    Teams quickly dispose of players who behave like Akmal. For example, England removed Pietersen.
    I think he means in their early or developing part of their careers. Pieterson was already an established superstar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    I think he means in their early or developing part of their careers. Pieterson was already an established superstar.


    After 10 years, that has to stop...now the 'Taluunt' is only creating more and more issues/scenes, batting ability has all but diminished except a solitary innings here and there

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    Must suck for Umar Akmal. He could have been The captain of Pak team and the best batsman in Pak lineup. Instead others who debuted later like Sarfraz have become the captain.

    He still has age on his side and still make a comeback.

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    Umar Akmal seems to be on a career suicide mission - any chance he's got to backtrack, he has dismissed it and made things worse!


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    If Umar Akmal had been dealt with properly by PCB at the start of his career when he misbehaved for the first time, then perhaps we would not have seen all the antics over the years.

    Instead he was allowed to linger around the team like a bad smell whilst his antics were allowed to continue and not dealt with.



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    ^^^This is remarkable considering one such diva i.e. Shoaib Akhtar was still in the twilight of his career and PCB, team management etc. still allowed Umar to go down the same path and some more!

    Just astonishing to see that PCB does not even know the meaning of 'Learning from Past Mistakes'


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    A couple of people have mentioned to me that Umar Akmal has been injured for quite a while but he has kept the injury quiet from the PCB.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    A couple of people have mentioned to me that Umar Akmal has been injured for quite a while but he has kept the injury quiet from the PCB.
    What would he gain from keeping his injury quiet?

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    We always get cricketers in every generation who sparkle but fizzle out. Are self-destructive until they implode.

    Umar, Butt and Shehzad should be made examples of. We always produce cricketers who are greatness potential.

    No need to flirt with this lot. Time to ignore and move on. We have won without them and will win without them.

    Just faith in our fertile maidaans.

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