Umar Akmal returns to club cricket as a part of rehabilitation program
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal started playing matches in club cricket after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) allowed him as a part of the ongoing rehabilitation program.
Umar, in his first match, could only score 5 runs.
The 31-year-old expressed his desire to give his best in domestic cricket and creating a strong image of himself in international cricket among selectors. He further added that he will work on improving his performance rather than concerning about selection.
“I want to move forward now. I will try to give my best performances in domestic cricket now that I have been granted permission to play again. Being selected in the side depends on the selectors. My job is to perform well,” Umar told reporters.
He thanked the PCB for allowing him to play cricket again. He further said that he will not look back and will move forward. He also said that he has been working on his fitness despite the challenging time and added that he is fit and ready to land on the crease.
“I am grateful to the PCB for giving me the permission to play cricket. My entire focus is now on playing cricket. I will try to let go of the past and look forward to the future. I have been working on my fitness throughout the testing ordeal. I am completely fit and will be looking to improve my match fitness as well,” he added.
He was banned by the PCB for three years for not informing about the spot-fixing approach made to him during the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PLS).
His ban period was reduced as a result of improved progress at the rehabilitation program.
Umar is likely to resume domestic cricket with the start of the 2021-22 season.
He has played for Pakistan in 16 tests, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is after making his debut in 2009. He last wore Green Shirt against Sri Lanka in October 2019.
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