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Umar Akmal was frustrating to work with: Mickey Arthur
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Umar Akmal was frustrating to work with: Mickey Arthur

Former Pakistani head coach Mickey Arthur has thrashed down criticism at the Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal. Mickey served Pakistan for 3 years as the head coach of the team before his contract expired, and later not renewed as Misbah occupied the vacancy.

Mickey revealed that Umar Akmal was tough bloke to work with as he did not get proper training in the earlier part of his career. The 51-year thinks that it is now too late for Umar to make an influence in Pakistani cricket team.

“It’s definitely too late for him (Umar Akmal) now. It’s sad because he is a likeable enough bloke but what he needed was a real firm hand at the start of his career to guide him properly,” said Arthur.

“I don’t think he got the right messages earlier in his career because if he had, he wouldn’t have gone down the route he has chosen to. He was frustrating to work with. He has all the talent in the world but has wasted it and, unfortunately, he will now go down in history as one Pakistan player who has underachieved,” he concluded.