Lahore Qalandars’s captain Brendon McCullum advised out of favour Umar Akmal to learn from his elder brother Kamran if he wants to progress and achieve success in his faltering career.
Umar was dropped from the Lahore side after scoring just 57 runs in the five games he played before he was sidelined to an extent where he didn’t even come to the stadium and sit in the reserves dug out.
Lahore lost seven of their ten games and for the third year, running ended on the last spot in Pakistan Super League.
A disappointed McCullum admitted Umar had issues to solve.
“One thing you will take from me is total honesty and transparency,” said McCullum after his team’s last game which ended in Peshawar Zalmi’s seven-wicket win in Sharjah.
“Umar is an incredible talent but he has his issues which is well documented around this place as well. His consistency wasn’t there. And that’s why we had to look outside of the experience of Umar Akmal.
“Based on his point of view, he has a lot of years in front of him, he can finish his career really strong. He got a great blueprint of what to do today from his brother (Kamran) and I am sure he sat back and thought he could be in a situation like this in future.
“But he has to make sure that he is performing to get himself those opportunities.”
McCullum admitted his team promised more but delivered less.
“We are really disappointed that we are out of the tournament. We had high hopes when we came into the tournament. I thought we really did well in the drafts, we saw a couple of injuries, affected some of the quality of players we had. We took too long to find our feet.
“The way we finished the tournament if we could have caught to the start of the tournament we certainly would have until the end of the tournament.”
McCullum, who had a distinguished career with New Zealand, said he was disappointed and frustrated.
“It’s frustrating, disappointing and probably just missed opportunities; Probably we could have made a bit of change a bit earlier but at the time you just trying to put your head down and make sure that things are working out at best it can.”
“Try to be as positive as you can but in the end, we lost three games in the first six, which we could have won every single one of those. One thing which delighted me was the way the guys stuck to be till the back of the tournament and the young guys who stood up and performed, we have discovered real quality players.”
McCullum pointed towards some good players in Qalandars’s squad.
“Last 10 days have been really positive I think if we look at Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Gulraiz, Shaheen Shah; those guys performed really well probably in last 10-12 days, we were under a lot of pressure.
“For these guys to stand up and perform like that and welcome themselves on the international stage with their performance was very positive. It was disappointing but it’s not all gloom and doom there are positives to take out from there.”
McCullum praised the owners of Lahore team, especially Rana Fawad.
“Rana Fawad is an incredible guy. Losses hurt immensely a lot of us. The whole family is unbelievable. Disappointing that we couldn’t win a trophy for Rana and Qalandars all over the world.”
McCullum admitted Kamran’s 107 not out sealed the playoff spot for Zalmi.
“On his day Kamran is one the most explosive players in the world. What he showed today was just another example of that. The wicket got a little bit better and we couldn’t quite execute as well what we could have but at the same time, he put us under an immense amount of pressure.
“Thought 170 was actually quite a pretty good score but when someone like Kamran comes up and plays like that. You gotta give credit when the credit is due as well, he played an outstanding inning and won the game.”