UMAR AKMAL

  • Kamran Akmal lashes out at Pakistan team management April 9, 2015

    Karachi: Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal's scathing attack on the Pakistan team management could hurt his chances of making a comeback to international cricket. Kamran lashed out at the team management for making his younger brother Umar Akmal a sacrificial lamb. Umar was dropped for the coming tour to Bangladesh by the new...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Pakistan should look to go the Indian way March 21, 2015

    (Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) Cricket in Pakistan is the most followed sport and although the team came back pretty well to...
  • World Cup: Australia's sportsman spirit in question after Haddin appeal March 20, 2015

    Adelaide: Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin was involved in a controversy on Friday when he knocked off Pakistani Umar Akmal's bails in the 26th over of their innings and appealed for the batsman's dismissal in the cricket World Cup quarter-final. Middle-order batsman Umar tried to cut a Glenn Maxwell delivery following which...
  • World Cup 2015: Unfair to compare me with Virat Kohli, says Umar Akmal March 12, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has said that it was unfair to compare him with India's Virat Kohli as both batted at different positions. "It is always my effort to deliver 100 per cent for the team and Pakistan but I know people compare me to Virat Kohli which is not...
  • World Cup: A contrasting week for South Africa and the Pakistan threat March 3, 2015

    It has been a week of contrasting emotions for the Proteas as they mixed despair with brilliance. The lows of the MCG were offset by the highs of the SCG in two games of stark contrast. The loss to India has been unpacked time and time again the...
  • Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad don't have Kohli's class: Mudassar Nazar February 27, 2015

    Perth: Pakistan cricket fraternity might rate Umar Akmal very highly but none among country's current batsmen can be "even distantly compared" with India's premier batsman Virat Kohli, feels former Pakistan all-rounder Mudassar Nazar. "Look there is a vast difference in pedigree of Virat and Akmal. Both Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad played...
  • Pakistan fielding coach Luden quits over player misbehaviour: report February 18, 2015

    Pakistan's poor start to the World Cup got another jolt on Wednesday when the team's fielding coach and trainer Grant Luden quit after complaining of misbehaviour by three senior members of the team, Dawn reported on Wednesday, adding that Luden has already tendered his resignation. Report in the Pakistan daily added...
  • World Cup 2015: In-fighting in Pakistan team, fielding coach threatens to quit February 18, 2015

    Pakistan's World Cup campaign has been hit by a controversy with reports suggesting three senior players of the squad were involved in a bust-up with the team's fielding coach Grant Luden. Reports claim that three players - Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad - allegedly misbehaved with Luden during...
  • Playing Umar Akmal as a keeper was a mistake: Imran Khan February 15, 2015

    Karachi: Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Imran Khan on Sunday said the move to play part-time wicketkeeper Umar Akmal in their cricket World Cup match against India was a mistake. The cricketer-turned politician said that Pakistan had blundered by going for Akmal. "I always believed in having specialist players and I think playing Umar...
  • World Cup warm-up: Misbah guides Pakistan to win over England February 11, 2015

    Sydney: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored a majestic 91 not out to lead Pakistan to a thrilling four-wicket victory over England in their final World Cup warmup at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The 40-year-old notched up five fours and two sixes in his 99-ball knock, turning the match in a fourth-wicket partnership...
  • World Cup side notes: Cricketers and their superstitions February 3, 2015

    There are few spheres of life other than sports, which urge us to cling to strange superstitions and rituals. Sportspersons, since long, fall for strange routines, habits and superstitions that they believe are necessary to psyche them up ahead of a contest and also enhance their performance levels. And cricketers...
  • Pakistan suffer back-to-back losses to start NZ tour January 27, 2015

    Christchurch: Despite Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal showing some batting form ahead of next month's World Cup, Pakistan suffered back-to-back losses to a President's XI at the start of their New Zealand tour. Misbah scored 107 and Akmal 68 as Pakistan lost Monday's match by six wickets at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval....
  • We want to win World Cup for Peshawar school kids: Misbah-ul-Haq January 17, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistan World Cup squad on Saturday interacted with the surviving children of the Army Public School carnage in Peshawar and also with their parents who were affected by the terrorist attacks on December 16. Soon after moving scenes were seen as the players shook hands with the injured children...
  • Umar Akmal confident of Pakistan's World Cup win over India January 14, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal on Wednesday said all the players have high hopes about the performance in their World Cup opener against India Feb 15 in Adelaide. "We will try to perform our best against India. If we continue with the same form we are sure to emerge victorious," Umar...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI in Sharjah December 14, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Pakistan opted to bat against New Zealand in Sharjah Playing XIs: New Zealand: Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez,...
  • 2nd ODI: Pakistan look for confidence boosting win against Australia October 9, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said his team will look for a confidence-boosting win over Australia in the second day-night international in Dubai on Friday. Pakistan lost by 93 runs in the opening match of three in Sharjah on Tuesday and looked well short on confidence. Steven Smith hit a maiden hundred...
  • As it happened: Perth Scorchers vs Lahore Lions, CLT20 Match 19 September 30, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After registering a win against Dolphins in the last encounter, Pakistan champions Lahore Lions will go for the kill to qualify for the semi-final when they lock horns against a formidable Perth Scorchers. With reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders already...
  • CLT20: Akmal, Nasim star as Lahore Lions knock Dolphins out September 27, 2014

    Pakistan champions Lahore Lions registered their first win in the Champions League Twenty20 main draw as they outplayed Dolphins of South Africa by 16 runs to keep their hopes of booking a semi-final spot alive on Saturday. Electing to bat, Lahore, who now have six points with a win and rained-off...
  • As it happened: Lahore Lions vs Dolphins, CLT20 Match 14 September 27, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Lahore Lions, who have just managed two points from a rained-off game, will be looking for a big win and the arithmetic to go in their favour to book their CLT20 semi-final spot when they take on Dolphins. With reigning IPL...
  • Selectors, team management ruined Umar's career, says brother Kamran Akmal September 24, 2014

    Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal has blamed the national selectors and Pakistan team management for spoiling the career of his younger brother, Umar Akmal. Kamran said he was not happy that those who make team decisions had persisted with Umar as a wicketkeeper in T20 and ODI matches. "It is not fair...
  • PCB penalise Afridi and others for not maintaining fitness September 23, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's flamboyant allrounder, Shahid Afridi along with three other cricketers have been penalised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing fitness evaluation tests. Besides Afridi, spinners, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan and batsman, Umar Akmal have been penalised 25 per cent of their monthly central contract salaries for four...
  • CLT20: Bowlers to be blamed for defeat, says Lahore Lions skipper September 14, 2014

    Raipur: Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez blamed his bowlers for his team's crushing 72run defeat against Northern Knights in their second qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 on Sunday. "The decision of electing to field was right because the pitch was helping the seamers. We didn't bowl well. We as...
  • Pakistan side Lahore Lions issued Indian visa for CLT20 September 8, 2014

    Lahore Lions have been cleared by the Indian government to play in the Champions League Twenty20, with the Pakistan club issued visas and likely to arrive in India on September 9. Champions of Pakistan's domestic T20 competition, Lions will play the qualifiers to be held before the main tournament. "The Indian...
  • Ashraf denies reports of bookie approaches to Afridi, Umar May 25, 2014

    Karachi: The former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Sunday dismissed reports about bookmakers making approaches to Pakistani players, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal during the oneday series played against England in the UAE in 2012. The claim was made in a British newspaper and also partially confirmed by the present board...
  • Umar Akmal approached for fixing in 2012 May 23, 2014

    Karachi: The ghost of matchfixing is back to haunt Pakistan cricket with reports emerging that Umar Akmal was approached to fix matches during a 2012 tour of the UAE but the batsman immediately reported the matter to his team's security manager. A source aware of the incident told PTI that Umar...
  • World T20: Clinical West Indies thrash Pakistan to seal semis spot April 1, 2014

    Mirpur: Defending champions West Indies pummelled a listless Pakistan by 84 runs to set up the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final clash against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Dwayne Bravo (46) and skipper Darren Sammy (42 not out) pulverised a decent looking bowling in the final three overs as West Indies put up...
  • World T20, Pak vs WI Match 32: as it happened April 1, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss and Team news: West Indies have won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan. Both the teams are unchanged. It will be a battle between two world-class off-spinners as defending champions West Indies meet Pakistan in a 'Do-or-Die'...
  • Refreshed Pakistan eye World T20 semi-finals March 30, 2014

    Pakistan will return to World Twenty20 action after a week's break on Sunday charged up to make a move for the semi-finals by winning their two remaining games in the Super-10 round in Dhaka. Mohammad Hafeez's men, who lost their opening group two match to India by seven wickets on March...
  • Knock against Australia was my best, says Umar Akmal March 25, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's young batsman Umar Akmal says his match-winning 94-run knock against Australia in the World Twenty20 was his "best" so far and hoped it will prove to be a turning point in his career. "I love this game and I want to establish myself in all three formats and I...