Umar Akmal, one of the most promising and talented batsman from Pakistan will not be a part of the ICC Champions Trophy as he has failed a fitness test. He is a batsman who has a great repertoire up his sleeve and is a dominant force for Pakistan in the middle order. He is a good player against spin and pace equally and that is what makes him a very special talent and a force to reckon with. Now that he will not be featuring in the ICC Champions Trophy which is barely a week away is a chest blow to the hopes of Pakistan of making big impressions in the coveted ICC tournament which is also called the mini world cup.
This is what the PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said, “He has failed two fitness tests during the ongoing camp there in England ahead of Champions Trophy. So since we have a policy not to carry unfit players, it has been decided to call him back and send a replacement. We have a deadline until May 25 so we are deliberating on the possible replacements.”
He apparently has failed two fitness tests in two days. His presence could have added solidity to the middle order, which now looks bleak.
He also has a healthy One Day International record where he scores at a staggering strike rate of 85+ and has played 116 ODI’S in which he has amassed 3044 runs at an average of 34.59. He comes in late in the innings so don’t dig too much into the average but look at the strike rate as that speaks about the imapact he has.
The two names floating that could make it to the team are Umar Amin, the 27-year old batsman, which would be a like-for-like replacement and the second name is of the 28-year old cricketer Haris Sohail. Haris was also a part of their ICC World Cup team.