Just before the upcoming edition of the World Cup, the explosive middle-order batsman Umar Akmal is showing great batting form. Thumping Punjab with a century, the belligerent striker carried his good run to decimate Sindh.
However, Pakistan has already named 23
Since the last World Cup, the proficient cricketer featured in 10 ODIs for Pakistan. Playing all those encounters against a quality side like Australia, Umar averaged 31.22 with the bat. Pakistan played few series against weaker opponents too but Umar’s wasn’t a part of them.
Considering the flat wickets of England along with the profusion of accumulators in the Pakistan squad, Umar becomes a natural for a team which only has Asif Ali to play the finishing role.
Former Lahore Qalandars batsman doesn’t seem to be in the plans for the 50-over tournament which is to be played in England and Wales. However, it remains to be seen if his domestic prowess changes the mindset of the selectors.