Umar Akmal has again taken the stage after his shocking and unexpected revelations against former head coach Waqar Younis.
Dispirited and dejected Umar Akmal claimed that Waqar threatened to exclude him from the team if he refused to keep the wickets during the test matches. He made his unexpected and surprising revelation on Sunday when his team Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was defeated by 5 wickets against the Federal Areas in Pakistan Cup.
Akmal said that he accepts he refused to perform the wicketkeeping duties in test matches because they had a match ahead in Dubai. He said that to his refusal, Waqar said he will see how he will play cricket in future.
Here is what Akmal had to say:-
‘’I accept that I refused to perform wicketkeeping duties in Test matches. However, I did [keep] in limited overs cricket for three [to] four years’’
‘’ There our coach back then Waqar Younis told me to [keep] in Test matches, but I refused because we had a series ahead in Dubai, where Misbah ul Haq [the then skipper] used to play three spinners and one fast bowler’’
‘’ I remember his [Waqar Younis] words, ‘I will see who will allow you to play cricket in the future’, to which I pleaded that I want to play for my country’’ (Source: Times of Islamabad)
However, this is not the first time Umar Akmal has found himself in the middle of the controversy. Akmal and Pakistan’s current head coach Mickey Arthur were at a constant back and forth word war when Akmal accused Mikey of verbally abusing him. He also claimed that coach is abusive towards other players as well. To which Mickey responded brushing all the allegations off, saying he only asked Umar to improve his skill and work on his potential.
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