Umar Akmal was also dropped from the domestic cricket team recently. Whereas the doors of Pakistan’s national team are almost closed for him.
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There has been a lot of change in Pakistan cricket since last few years. From the captain of the Pakistan team to the chairman of the board were changed. Recently, Rameez Raja was removed from the post of chairman of the board and Najam Sethi was made to sit on that chair. Not only this, there were many changes in the squad as well. Many big faces were dropped from the team. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed not only lost his captaincy, but he also had to struggle to make a place in the Test playing XI.
Sarfaraz made a comeback against New Zealand last month. Sarfaraz made a comeback after a long wait, but there is one player who could not make a comeback and had to be embarrassed some time back. The embarrassing Pakistani player is none other than Umar Akmal, who now remembered Virat Kohli.
Akmal became emotional
Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20 Internationals. In 2020, he was also banned for not giving information about spot-fixing. He was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board. After this, he apologized and returned to domestic cricket. However, now he was also dropped from the domestic team, on which Akmal became very emotional. In an interview given to a Pakistani journalist, he compared his struggle with Indian star Virat Kohli.
Akmal said that he came to know through the reporter that his domestic team captain Raja Ali Dar was asked not to feed him. He said that he is very ashamed that the king said so in a direct manner. Umar Akmal said that Raja should have been asked to name those people who said this. Emotionally, Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal further said that I have given a lot to Pakistan. I don’t deserve this kind of attitude. The job of the board should be to support the players in difficult times.
BCCI supported Kohli
Akmal further said that Virat Kohli is a big example. Even when he was going through a bad phase, he was not thrown out. He was given opportunities to play continuously. He was never told that his career was over. I will give credit to the Indian Cricket Board that they supported Kohli. Kohli went through a difficult phase for a long time. He even took a break from cricket for a month. However, after this he returned in the Asia Cup in September and ended the wait of his 3-year international century. After this his bat caught fire.