Umar Akmal, the middle-order batsman, considered as one of the most gifted cricketers of the country. Carrying a wide range of strokes along with hitting ability, the player almost checks all the boxes for a modern day batsman. However, he lacks the temperament which remains the key to success.
After an impressive show in the last season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the 28-year old batsman was roped into the national team. The series against Australia provided him a golden chance to perform and book his ticket to England for the mega-event. Continuing the pattern of his career, the Lahore born player disappointed everyone yet again.
While he was selected for the role of the finisher, management played him in the middle-order. Still, the explosive batsman wasn’t able to meet the expectations. Playing all the 5 games, the Quetta Gladiators player amassed only 150 runs at 30. Moreover, his strike-rate was less than 90. With Asif Ali managing a grand show in the PSL, it remains to be seen if the management calls him to replace Umar Akmal.