Umar Akmal

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Umar Akmal
عمر اکمل
Umar akmal profile.jpg
Akmal in New Zealand in December 2009
Personal information
Full name Umar Akmal
Born (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 25)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off spin
Role Wicket-keeper, Batsman
Relations Adnan Akmal (Brother)
Kamran Akmal (Brother)
Babar Azam (Cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 197) 24 November, 2009 v New Zealand
Last Test 1 September, 2011 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 174) 1 August, 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 30 August, 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 3
T20I debut (cap 34) 12 August, 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 30 July 2015 v Sri Lanka
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 16 111 63 63
Runs scored 1,003 2,913 1,343 4,757
Batting average 35.82 34.67 26.86 49.04
100s/50s 1/6 2/20 0/6 10/29
Top score 129 102* 94 248
Catches/stumpings 12/– 77/13 38/2 50/0
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 2 September, 2014

Umar Akmal (Urdu: عمر اکمل‎; born 26 May 1990) is a Pakistani cricketer. He made his ODI debut on 1 August 2009 against Sri Lanka and made his Test debut against New Zealand on 23 November 2009. He is a right-handed batsman and a part-time spinner. Like his two brothers, Adnan and Kamran, Umar has kept wicket for the national team any many ODIs. His wife name is noor Fatima.

He was announced as a Franchise Player for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League alongside Pakistani teammates Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik [1]

Early career

Umar represented Pakistan in the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. After his success at the U-19 level he earned himself a first class contract and played the 2007–08 season of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, representing the Sui Southern Gas team. He is considered a future asset for Pakistan cricket.

He is an aggressive style cricketer. In only his sixth first class match he smashed 248 off just 225 deliveries, including four sixes.[2] He followed that up with an unbeaten 186 in his 8th first class match, off just 170 balls. He fared less well in his second season of first class cricket, with a string of low scores batting at number 3.

He found form in the final few matches of the 2008/09 season and then in the RBS T20 tournament thus getting the selectors nod to play for Pakistan A side on their tour to Australia A.

Umar came to prominence during the Australia A tour in June/July 2009. In the two Test matches he recorded scores of 54, 100*, 130, 0. In the ODI series that followed Umar continued his fine form with a century in the opening ODI encounter off just 68 deliveries.

These performances made him gather considerable praise from the media who were there to witness him and calls began to grow about his inclusion in the ODI series for the main Pakistan side against Sri Lanka.[3]

Test career

Umar Akmal at the University Oval, Dunedin, in 2009.

Umar made his Test debut against New Zealand at Dunedin on 23 November 2009. On the third day of his debut test, Umar Akmal hit 129 runs from 160 balls becoming only the second Pakistani to score a hundred on debut away from home after Fawad Alam.

This feat also made him the first Pakistani batsman to score both his maiden Test and ODI century away from home, following his ODI century against Sri Lanka. The innings was noted as special due to Pakistan's tough position in the match and the hundred partnership which Akmal was involved in alongside his elder brother Kamran. He followed up the century in the first innings with a fifty in the second innings.

In only his second Test match he was moved up the order to the crucial spot of number 3, where he struggled initially but managed to counter-attack the hostile bowling with his natural flair, making 46 before he was undone by an inswinger by Daryl Tuffey.

In the second innings he was moved down the order to his usual batting spot of number 5 as captain Mohammed Yousuf chose to bat at number 3 himself, and Akmal looked his usual aggressive self throughout his innings of 52 which came off only 33 balls.

He had his first failure in the first innings of the third test at Napier where he was caught in the gully for a duck but scored a rearguard 77 in the second, promoting him to the leading run scorer of the series. Akmal finished the tour with 400 runs at an average of 57.14.

Umar Akmal's early success was briefly tarnished by a controversy during Pakistan's 2009–10 tour of Australia. It was widely reported that Umar had feigned an injury to protest the dropping of older brother Kamran for the final Test match against Australia.

Umar denied such rumors and played in the final match without his brother. He was later fined 2–3 million rupees by the PCB for breaching his contract and speaking to the media without approval.[4]

ODI and Twenty20 Career

In an interview, Umar said "My own dream is to one day play for Pakistan alongside Kamran Bhai (Brother) and I'm working hard to try and achieve that goal".[5] Akmal was selected in Pakistan's squad for the One Day International Series against Sri Lanka in July/August 2009.

He had missed out on the first ODI Umar made his debut in the second match of the series replacing Mohammad Yousuf in the middle order. In only his second career ODI Umar scored his maiden ODI fifty. Umar followed up his maiden fifty by scoring a century in the very next match. For this match winning effort he was awarded his first career Man of the Match award.[6] His exploits in Sri Lanka earned him a place in Pakistan's champions trophy squad. He played two good innings.

His 41 not out against West Indies was a match winning knock and landed him his second career Man of the Match award.[7] His next big innings came in the semi final against New Zealand, where he scored a brisk 55 in a losing effort, before he was wrongly given out by umpire Simon Taufel, who later apologized.[8]

Despite the fact that Umar Akmal is not a wicket-keeper he kept wicket for Pakistan temporarily in the third ODI against England in 2010 from the 27th over onwards because his elder brother Kamran was being diagnosed for an injury to his finger. Umar Akmal scored 71 runs from 52 balls in his debut World Cup match and was named Man of the Match.[9]

In February 2012 Pakistan faced England in four ODIs. Pakistan's brittle batting meant the team management chose to play Umar as a wicket-keeper based on his batting, though his brother Adnan was considered the better 'keeper.

The result of choosing the less accomplished glovesman was that in the first two matches Umar Akmal missed opportunities to dismiss Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook early in their innings, and they respectively went on to score a half-century and a century.[10]

Umar was dropped from ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2015, but called to the T20I series. He proved his value to the team, by scoring 24-ball 46 runs in the first T20I match.

Personal life

Umar is the youngest brother of Adnan Akmal and Kamran Akmal who are also cricketers, both wicket-keepers.

While he was playing for the Barbados Tridents, in the Caribbean Premier League, he had to spend a night in hospital after he suffered mild seizures. Following this, the PCB called him back for a complete medical checkup and also dropped him from the upcoming Zimbabwe tour. On 6 September 2013 he was cleared by a neurologist, saying that the seizure was possibly due to a lack of sleep.[11]

International Centuries

Test Centuries

Umar Akmal's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 129 1  New Zealand New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand University Oval 2009 Lost

One Day International Centuries

Umar Akmal's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 102* 3  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 2009 Won
2 102* 91  Afghanistan Bangladesh Fatullah, Bangladesh Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium 2014 Won

International Awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in Bangladesh 2011/12 123 runs with avg. of 41.00 ; 1 ct. (3 Matches)  Pakistan Won the series 3-0.[12]

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 7 August 2009 102* (72 balls, 5×4, 4×6) ;  Pakistan won by 146 runs.[13]
2 West Indies The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 23 September 2009 1 ct. ; 41* (51 balls, 6x4)  Pakistan won by 5 wickets.[14]
3 Kenya MRIC Stadium, Hambantota 23 February 2011 71 (52 balls, 8x4, 1x6); 1 ct.  Pakistan won by 205 runs.[15]
4 Australia R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 19 March 2011 44 (59 balls, 4x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 4 wickets.[16]
5 Sri Lanka Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 23 November 2011 WK 2 ct. 1 st. ; 61* (60 balls, 8x4)  Pakistan won by 3 wickets.[17]
6 Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Stadium, Chittagong 6 December 2011 57 (84 balls, 3x4, 2x6); WK  Pakistan won by 58 runs.[18]
7 Afghanistan Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah 27 February 2014 102* (89 balls, 7x4, 3x6); WK 1 ct.  Pakistan won by 72 runs.[19]

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE 2009/10 56* (49 balls: 5x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 7 runs.[20]
2 2010 ICC World Twenty20 21st match (RSA vs PAK) in Gros Islet 2010 51 (33 balls: 2x4, 4x6) ; 1 ct.  Pakistan won by 11 runs.[21]
3 Pakistan vs Australia in England 2010 64 (31 balls: 7x4, 3x6) ;  Pakistan won by 23 runs.[22]
4 Pakistan vs West Indies in West Indies 2013 46* (36 balls: 3x4, 1x6) ; WK 2 ct.  Pakistan won by 11 runs.[23]
5 2014 ICC World Twenty20 16th match (PAK vs AUS) in Bangladesh 2014 94 (54 balls: 9x4, 4x6)  Pakistan won by 16 runs.[24]
6 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 2015 38* (28 balls: 2x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 15 runs.[25]


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  2. ^ Umer Akmal 248 for Sui Southern Gas
  3. ^ Umer Akmal praise on Australia A tour
  4. ^ Top Pakistan players face fines, bans Cricinfo
  5. ^ Exclusive Interview
  6. ^ Umar and Iftikhar script crushing win Cricinfo
  7. ^ Young guns impress Alam Cricinfo
  8. ^ Simon Taufel apologizes to Umar Akmal Times of India
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