Umar Akmal blames genes for lack of fitness

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Umar Akmal
The right-hander was ignored by the national selectors for Pakistan’s upcoming tour to the Caribbean. — AFP/File
Shukriya Pakistan

Pakistan’s out-of-favour batsman Umar Akmal’s latest excuse to his lack of fitness is a comically unique one.

The right-hander was ignored by the national selectors for Pakistan’s upcoming tour to the Caribbean after he failed to pass the fitness test during the recently concluded preparation camp.

Umar believed he and his brother Kamran just can’t help it when it comes to controlling weight.

“It’s in our genes,” he said during an interview on a local TV channel.

“Even if we drink water it will make us look over-weight,” added the 26-year-old.

However, Kamran was selected for the tour after his performances in the domestic season last year followed by a great Pakistan Super League (PSL) campaign.

Umar, who burst on to the international cricket scene in 2009 as one of the hottest young prospects then, has failed to show any consistency after his debut year for the national side.

In 116 ODIs, the right-hander has scored just 3044 runs at an average of less than 35. Umar, however, was a starting member of the Pakistan ODI side during their visit to Australia late last year.

Pakistan take on West Indies in four T20s, three ODIs and three Tests in a tour which kicks off March 26.

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