Stories about Umar Akmal

Five players who lit up Pakistan’s U19 World Cup and could be our future hope!

The Under 19 World Cup (U19) held in Bangladesh yielded positive and negative results for Pakistan. An impressive run was cut short as a motivated Pakistan team led by Gauhar Hafeez, lost to West Indies and crashed out of the tournament. While the end result was indeed a disappointment, the road towards the semis produced magical moments and introduced the cricketing world to the following future stars of Pakistan cricket. 1. Zeeshan Malik The Chakwal based batsman gave dominant performances with the bat to finish his tournament with 132 runs from four matches including an impressive unbeaten 89 against Canada. Zeeshan Malik possesses the skills and potential. ...

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Why has Pakistan forgotten how to bat in the shorter formats?

Some say, it’s a confidence issue. Others say that it is the lack of international cricket at home. Fingers are pointed at the flawed domestic setup or the nepotism in selection. Whatever the case may be; as far as ODI and T20 cricket is concerned, Pakistan batting is indeed at its lowest ebb ever. After watching the recently concluded ODI series between Australia and India, I was mesmerised by the batting at display. It was aggressive, belligerent, but at the same time poised and full of confidence. Chasing or posting scores in the proximity of 300 and above was the ...

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Pakistan Super League: Let the games begin!

February 4, 2016 marks an extremely important date in the history of Pakistan cricket. The idea which was first conceived in 2012 is finally going to turn into a reality; the curtain will rise and Pakistan Super League (PSL) will surface onto the stage of lucrative Twenty20 cricket leagues. The teams PSL has five teams; Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. They were sold for a total of $93 million and the teams will battle it out for a winning title. PSL Chief Najam Sethi had promised to bring in stars of the T20 format in the ...

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From boys to men: Five potential breakout stars of the PSL

As the cricketing world prepares itself for the upcoming T20 World Cup in March in India, some of the world’s best cricketers are already packed up and ready to head to Dubai and Sharjah in February to play the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The PSL will go down as Pakistan cricket’s most defining moment. Below I have listed five youngsters who have dominated the domestic circuit over the past few years and are braced to take on the world: 1. Rumman Raees For a country that takes pride in its bowlers, Pakistan genuinely lacks seamers who can dodge batsmen with sheer speed. ...

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Quetta Gladiators may be the dark horse, but the team to beat will be Islamabad United

The highly anticipated player drafting of the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament began in grand fashion today. The crème de la crème of Pakistan cricket came together for a lavish ceremony at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. The day began with the unveiling of the Karachi Kings franchise logo, and the big news that Javed Afridi’s Peshawar Zalmi franchise had traded with Islamabad for the first pick of the player draft. This would have a massive impact on future selections, which the Islamabad franchise has utilised quite well. As expected, Peshawar immediately picked Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi as their ...

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Keep calm, Pakistan: Our cricket team is shaping up quite well

The brief Zimbabwe tour came to an end a couple of days ago, with Pakistan emerging as the victors. It wasn’t a clean cut victory since Pakistan won four out five matches and the one match we lost was under extremely controversial circumstances. Having said that, Pakistan has managed to perform commendably against Zimbabwe this year. This particular tour highlighted five aspects about our cricket team.  Imad Wasim – The most wanted in the team Photo: AFP The first and foremost aspect that needs to be mentioned in this list is the emergence of Imad, more so after the ban ...

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What is it about Umar Akmal that people don’t understand?

Manzoor, Zahoor and Saleem Elahi. Imran and Humayun Farhat. Moin and Nadeem Khan. Hanif, Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir Mohammad. Wasim and Ramiz Raja. This is not a listicle of the cricketing families of Pakistan, otherwise it would have also included Imran Khan, Javed Burki, Majid Khan, Anil Dalpat, and Danish Kaneria (who are cousins, by the way). If this list is not enough, a simple Google search will yield nearly 162 families in the realm of world cricket. And the reason for mentioning all of this you ask? Well, it is to ask a simple question: Why are only the Akmal brothers considered as being the perennial symbol of one of ...

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Sorry Sri Lanka, but we love ending things in style

The ambition is fierce and the energy is high — Pakistan are back, and back with a bang! The familiar aura of suspense finally returned to the faces of avid spectators, watching their home side take Sri Lanka head on in two nerve-wracking games, finishing the job splendidly. Gone are the days when fans would long consistency in batting, cringe over poor fielding, and question the constant shuffling of bowlers. Pakistan’s signature display of winning when least expected, and that too in all three departments, has given the whole nation a sweetly addicting tune to dance to. ...

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Five cricketers who may change the future of Pakistani cricket

After the dismal performance of our team in the World Cup 2015 and the recent Bangladesh series, people are beginning to perceive that Pakistani cricket is running out of talent due to the flaws in our domestic system. However, even after such flaws, we possess some extraordinary cricketers who haven’t made their debuts yet or still have to show their potential. The best part about these youngsters is that they are all below 25-years of age. They possess great talent and hold unique match-winning abilities. Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Asghar, Ziaul Haq, and Muhammad Rizwan are some ...

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Inzamam and Misbah are as good as Imran Khan and Azhar Ali

I recently came across a blog on The Express Tribune titled From Imran Khan to Azhar Ali – Pakistan’s ‘leaders’ over the years and I did not agree with the author’s criticism of Inzamamul Haq and Misbahul Haq. This is simply because they were not only good captains but also played some vital innings in their captaincy for Pakistan cricket. First of all, Imran batted at number three in the 1992 semi-final, hence playing at the same number in the final was not the first occasion of its kind. His bowling was not of quality at that point and thus he knew ...

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