Pakistan player, Umar Akmal was regarded as a player with great potential when he began his career in 2009. However, he did not have a good run in his career as it came to a halt in 2019. He lost his place in the team after he received an 18-month ban.
From 2009 until 2019, he represented Pakistan in all formats of the game. However, in 2019, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended him for eighteen months for failing to disclose spot-fixing offers. He left Pakistan in 2021 to play league cricket in the United States.
Akmal has just completed his suspension for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code. He has now spoken out about his relationship with former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur during his playing days. He revealed that Mickey had personal issues with him during his tenure with the Pakistan Team. Akmal also expressed disappointment that the Team management has not reacted to the situation even today.
“Mickey Arthur was an unprofessional head coach of Pakistan. Mickey Arthur had personal issues with me but the team management of that time didn’t raise a voice for me and they’re even silent till today. However, Mickey Arthur later did admit that he used harsh words on me. Mickey Arthur was an unprofessional head coach of Pakistan,” he said, as quoted by Arfa journalist Feroz Zake.
He also raised concerns about former Pakistani star bowler Waqar Younis being a head coach. “Waqar Younis was a legendary fast bowler but I could not understand him as a head coach,” he said.
Umar Akmal’s take on T20 cricket leagues across the world
Furthermore, Akmal added that he was one of the rare players who turned down cash-rich T20 league contracts in order to focus on domestic cricket. “I’m among those rare cricketers of Pakistan who have ignored heavily paid contracts of T20 leagues of the world just for the sake of commitment with the domestic cricket of your own country,” he added.