Umar Akmal
'Enjoy Pakistani crowd' Umar Akmal asks foreign players

Pakistan’s hard-hitting batsman Umar Akmal asked all the foreign players to enjoy playing cricket in front of an enthusiastic crowd as the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Pakistan leg starts from March 9 with Islamabad United taking on Lahore Qalandars at newly renovated National Stadium.

“People of Pakistan madly follow cricket and I am sure that it will be a great experience for all the foreigners,” said Akmal who thanked all the foreigners for playing their role in bringing high-profile cricket back to Pakistan.

Akmal, on the other hand, is confident to make a positive comeback in the national side after being named in the 16-member Pakistan’s ODI squad which was announced by the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Friday.

“All my hard work and support from my coaches have paved the way for me to once again get my name in Pakistan’s squad,” said Akmal who thanked his local coaches for showing faith in him.

Akmal also acknowledged his elder brother’s [Kamran Akmal] role in the massive improvement in his performance. “Credit goes to Kami bhai who helped me out in my hard times. I did hard training with him which paid off well,” he said.

The right-handed batsman called the West Indian great Vivian Richards a true motivator and said that he always tries to charge the players with his expertise. “His presence in the dugout gives us confidence and he keeps on having interaction with all the players which help us compete strongly on the ground,” he said.

Akmal has represented Pakistan in 16 Tests, 116 ODIs and 82 T20Is. He last wore green in the ODI series against Australia in 2017.