Umar Akmal (Cricketer)

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Umar Akmal burst onto the international scene oozing class, and drawing the highest praise from experts. In his first Test innings, against New Zealand in Dunedin against an attack which included Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori, the 19-year-old Umar scored 129 in an innings when no other specialist batsman touched 30. His fearlessness at the crease and his wide array of strokes had pundits gushing for superlatives, as throughout that series and on the tour to Australia which followed, Umar consistently got starts. Given that he had also scored a century in his third ODI, and that Pakistan were on the lookout for middle-order talent, it appeared Umar would be a certainty in the team in all formats for several years to come.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Umar Akmal

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Height:

    1.57 m

  • Born
  • Date:

    26 May 1990

  • Place:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Noor Amna (m. 2014)

  • Children:

    Harleen Umar

  • Parents:

    Mohammad Akmal

  • Siblings :

    Adnan Akmal (Brother) Kamran Akmal (Brother)

  • Relatives:

    Babar Azam (Cousin)

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Wicket-keeper Batsman

  • Bowling Style:

    Right-arm off spin

  • Batting Style:

    Right-hand bat

  • Matches:

    16 in Tests, 111 in ODIs, 63 in T20s

  • Batting Average:

    35.82 in Tests, 34.67 in ODIs, 26.86 in T20s

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    12/- in Tests, 77/13 in ODIs, 38/2 in T20s

  • Runs Scored:

    1,003 in Tests, 2,913 in ODIs, 1,343 in T20s

  • Test Debut:

    24 November, 2009 v New Zealand

  • Test Last:

    1 September, 2011 v Zimbabwe

  • ODI Debut:

    1 August, 2009 v Sri Lanka

  • ODI Last:

    30 August, 2014 v Sri Lanka

  • ODI Shirt Number:

    3

  • T20 Debut :

    12 August, 2009 v Sri Lanka

  • T20 Last:

    30 July 2015 v Sri Lanka

  • 100s / 50s:

    1/6 in Tests, 2/20 in ODIs, 0/6 in T20s,

  • Top Score:

    129 in Tests, 102* in ODIs, 94 in T20s

  • Domestic team:

    Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Lahore Lions, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Chittagong Vikings, Lahore Qalandars, Trinbago Knight Riders

Career

Early career

He is an aggressive style cricketer. In only his sixth first class match he smashed 248 off just 225 deliveries, including four sixes.[1] Karachi Blues v Sui Northern- pcboard He followed that up with an unbeaten 186 in his 8th first class match, off just 170 balls. He fared less well in his second season of first class cricket, with a string of low scores batting at number 3.He found form in the final few matches of the 2008/09 season and then in the RBS T20 tournament thus getting the selectors nod to play for Pakistan A side on their tour to Australia A.Umar came to prominence during the Australia A tour in June/July 2009. In the two Test matches he recorded scores of 54, 100*, 130, 0. In the ODI series that followed Umar continued his fine form with a century in the opening ODI encounter off just 68 deliveries.These performances made him gather considerable praise from the media who were there to witness him and calls began to grow about his inclusion in the ODI series for the main Pakistan side against Sri Lanka.[2] Umer Akmal Australia tour- couriermail

Test Career

Umar Akmal on his Knees
Umar Akmal on his Knees
He made his Test debut against New Zealand at Dunedin on 23 November 2009. On the third day of his debut test, Umar Akmal hit 129 runs from 160 balls becoming only the second Pakistani to score a hundred on debut away from home after Fawad Alam.This feat also made him the first Pakistani batsman to score both his maiden Test and ODI century away from home, following his ODI century against Sri Lanka. The innings was noted as special due to Pakistan's tough position in the match and the hundred partnership which Akmal was involved in alongside his elder brother Kamran. He followed up the century in the first innings with a fifty in the second innings.In only his second Test match he was moved up the order to the crucial spot of number 3, where he struggled initially but managed to counter-attack the hostile bowling with his natural flair, making 46 before he was undone by an inswinger by Daryl Tuffey.He had his first failure in the first innings of the third test at Napier where he was caught in the gully for a duck but scored a rearguard 77 in the second, promoting him to the leading run scorer of the series. Akmal finished the tour with 400 runs at an average of 57.14.Umar Akmal's early success was briefly tarnished by a controversy during Pakistan's 2009-10 tour of Australia. It was widely reported that Umar had feigned an injury to protest the dropping of older brother Kamran for the final Test match against Australia. Umar denied such rumors and played in the final match without his brother. He was later fined 2-3 million rupees by the PCB for breaching his contract and speaking to the media without approval.[3] Pakistan players face- fines, bans

International Career

Umar Akmal in New Zealand
Umar Akmal in New Zealand

ODI and Twenty20

Umar said "My own dream is to one day play for Pakistan alongside Kamran Bhai (Brother) and I'm working hard to try and achieve that goal". Akmal was selected in Pakistan's squad for the One Day International Series against Sri Lanka in July/August 2009.He had missed out on the first ODI Umar made his debut in the second match of the series replacing Mohammad Yousuf in the middle order. In only his second career ODI Umar scored his maiden ODI fifty. Umar followed up his maiden fifty by scoring a century in the very next match. For this match winning effort he was awarded his first career Man of the Match award.His exploits in Sri Lanka earned him a place in Pakistan's champions trophy squad. He played two good innings.His 41 not out against West Indies was a match winning knock and landed him his second career Man of the Match award. His next big innings came in the semi final against New Zealand, where he scored a brisk 55 in a losing effort, before he was wrongly given out by umpire Simon Taufel, who later apologized.[4] Simon apologizes to Umar- timesofindia .In February 2012 Pakistan faced England in four ODIs. Pakistan's brittle batting meant the team management chose to play Umar as a wicket-keeper based on his batting, though his brother Adnan was considered the better 'keeper.Umar was dropped from ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2015, but called to the T20I series. He proved his value to the team, by scoring 24-ball 46 runs in the first T20I match.

PSL

Umar remained highest runs scorer batsman in PSL 2016.[5] PSL Records- espncricinfo .UMAR AKMAL 93 runs vs Quetta GLADIATORS PSL 2016 ~ Umar Akmal 93 off 40 Balls FULL HIGHLIGHTS , Umar Akmal Super Fantastic Innings of 93 Runs Against QUETTA GLADIATORS , Help Lahore Qalandars to Win Their First Match in HBL PSL 2016


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