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Umar Akmal draws criticism from former players for poor performance in India

Islamabad, Jan. 9 (ANI): Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has drawn criticism from former players and critics for his below-par performance during the just-concluded tour of India.

Pakistani legend Wasim Akram too has singled out Umar for criticism after the third and final one-dayer in Delhi on Sunday.

The Daily Times quoted Wasim, as saying that it is about time Umar learnt to play responsibly.

Umar, the younger brother of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, got out at a crucial time in the match with Pakistan chasing a low total of 167 set by India.

Pakistan’s former captain Rashid Latif was more forthright in his views about Umar and the match.

According to Latif, selectors should dump Umar from the national team until he changes his approach and attitude towards the game. Umar has to be sent back to domestic cricket until the selectors see a visible change in his approach and attitude, he added.

Umar was also in the eye of the storm before the Indian tour when his department, Sui Gas, which includes Mohammad Hafeez and Misbahul Haq, sidelined him after he missed some games in the President’s Trophy due to the wedding of his brother Adnan.

Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan also felt that Umar was not doing justice to his enormous talent. Khan said Umar is talented but he needs to learn that all this talent is useless until it results in good results for his team. He is just not showing the approach of a finisher, he added.

Umar, who played in three matches on the Indian tour, is expected to be axed for the forthcoming South African tour as the selectors have more confidence in upcoming batsman Haris Sohail. (ANI)