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Umar Akmal, a middle-order batsman who has been absent from the national team since 2019, expressed his readiness to make a comeback. In a recent media interaction, Akmal revealed his diligent efforts to enhance his fitness and skills, working alongside personal trainers. He credited his father-in-law Abdul Qadir for the establishment of the Salman Qadir Academy, where he is currently honing his abilities.
Devoted to overcoming challenges, Akmal emphasized his determination to be prepared for any opportunity that comes his way. When questioned about the prospect of playing for Pakistan again, he affirmed his readiness, awaiting the chance to represent his country once more.
Pakistan’s Discarded Middle-Order Batter Umar Akmal Aims for National Team Return
Having last played for Pakistan in a T20 international against Sri Lanka at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Akmal expressed his interest in participating in the upcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL). However, he acknowledged that the decision ultimately rests with the franchise owners, indicating his availability and enthusiasm for the tournament.
In addition to focusing on his own aspirations, Akmal extended his best wishes to fellow cricketers currently attending specialized training camps organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Having observed their efforts firsthand, he commended the players’ hard work during the challenging weather conditions and expressed hope that their dedication would be duly rewarded.
Presently, a specialized camp for spinners is underway at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), while the camp for fast bowlers is scheduled to commence on June 16. Notably, batters will have the opportunity to attend both camps, underscoring the importance of comprehensive training for all facets of the game.
The invited players for the camps include a mix of promising talents and established names. Spinners such as Abrar Ahmed, Ali Asfand, and Zahid Mehmood are among those participating, while the fast bowlers’ roster includes notable names like Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, and Naseem Shah. The batters’ contingent comprises Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, and Saud Shakeel, among others, who will also benefit from the comprehensive training.
Umar Akmal’s resolute determination to make a national team comeback showcases his commitment to improving himself both physically and skill-wise. As he continues to work hard and support his fellow cricketers, Pakistani cricket fans eagerly await the opportunity to witness his return to the international stage.
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