Former Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis lashed out at Umar Akmal for being sent back to Pakistan from the Champions Trophy squad after failing a fitness test.
Akmal was booted out of the Pakistan camp after he failed the fitness test in Birmingham. He had, however, passed the test conducted at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore under chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq before his departure.
Akmal was found weighing 91 KGs and having a fat-level reading of 115.6 – 15.6 more than the desired level. “Umar doesn't want to work hard, he doesn't want to put in the effort, he doesn't want to get fit, and it's embarrassing,” Waqar said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“He should be thoroughly ashamed that Mickey Arthur and the coaching staff have had to send him back to Pakistan. Umar should look in the mirror and tell himself in future I will sort this out. Will he do it?
“I'm not sure that he will, as there have been many incidents involving him throughout his career. That is why the talent has not blossomed. He has not done justice to himself. I think the PCB, the coaches and the selectors have been very kind to Umar as they keep giving him the opportunities because everyone wants to see him succeed and do well at the international level.
“I guess he's happy with what he's doing but if this was me, I would feel ashamed.”
Towards the end of his tenure as the head coach of the Pakistan team last year, Waqar had recommended the cricket board to drop Akmal from the national side and make him earn his place by contending at the domestic level.
Akmal made his Pakistan debut at the age of 19 in 2008. He started off by scoring a century each in the ODI and Test format, but then failed to score with consistency.
In his nine-year-long career, the middle-order batsman has been at the forefront of various controversies from feigning an injury after his elder brother Kamran Akmal was dropped from the playing XI to getting involved in a bust-up with the police.
Ahmer Naqvi listed down the occasions Akmal had gotten himself in trouble,click here to read it.