Umar Akmal starts playing ‘Club Cricket’


Lahore: Pakistan batter Umar Akmal on Monday returned to club cricket after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had allowed him as part of the ongoing rehabilitation program.

The 31-year-old Umar could add just 5 runs to the scoreboard after returning to the club cricket activity.

Meanwhile, Umar expressed his desire in giving his best in domestic cricket and making a strong case for himself in the international circuit among the selectors. He added that he will work on his performances rather than worrying about his selection.

“I want to move forward now. I will try to give my best performances in domestic cricket now that I have been granted permission to play again. Being selected in the side depends on the selectors. My job is to perform well,” he told reporters.

He showed his gratitude for the PCB to have allowed him for playing cricket again and mentioned about not looking at the past. He stated that he has been working on his fitness despite the tough time and added that he is completely fit and raring to go.

“I am grateful to the PCB for giving me the permission to play cricket. My entire focus is now on playing cricket. I will try to let go of the past and look forward to the future. I have been working on my fitness throughout the testing ordeal. I am completely fit and will be looking to improve my match fitness as well,” he added.

He was earlier banned for three years by the PCB for not informing the spot-fixing approach made to him during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five.

His ban was reduced earlier this year after showing good progress signs in the rehabilitation process and is likely to resume Pakistan’s domestic cricket activities for the upcoming 2021-2022 season.

He has played for Pakistan in 16 tests, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is after making his debut in 2009. He last wore Green Shirt against Sri Lanka in October 2019.

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