Umar Akmal who failed to pass the fitness test for West Indies tour today scored a hundred. Now a player fails the fitness test held by the PCB scores a hundred immediately after the test is only a thing destined to happen in Pakistan cricket. Something is seriously wrong in out cricket.
Umar Akmal hit his ton for Cady Land side while playing in the Patron’s Trophy which is a Grade 2 event in Pakistan. Now in his whole innings, there was not one ball or even one single moment when Umar ran out of his breath. He did not look unfit at all.
He stroked 16 fours and 4 sixes in his 124 runs marathon innings. He faced 128 balls and this clearly shows that at least he was not unfit for that matter. There can be other reasons for dropping him from the side and the PCB should be open about them to the fans.
There are issues with Umar Akmal as well. He has been known as a spoiled brat of the Pakistan cricket. After given plenty of chances by the PCB, Umar did not come to the expectations of the board and his captains. He had a poor run of form in the Pakistan Super League as well. This is the reason that PCB now wants to give other batsmen a chance to show their batting skills. The Pakistan middle order needs one solid batsman, the one who can sustain under pressure and Umar Akmal is not that batsman.
Pakistan ODI and T20 team for the West Indies has been announced and we are seeing some new faces getting their long awaited chance. Hope the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Asif Zakir prove out to be some special talent in the Pakistan side. The series is just around the corner.