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Umar Akmal
عمر اکمل
Umar akmal profile.jpg
Akmal in New Zealand in December 2009
Personal information
Full nameUmar Akmal
Born (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 29)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm off spin
RoleBatsman Occasional Wicket-keeper
RelationsAdnan Akmal (brother)
Kamran Akmal (brother)
Babar Azam (cousin)
Abdul Qadir (father-in-law)
Usman Qadir (brother-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 197)24 November 2009 v New Zealand
Last Test1 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 174)1 August 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI31 March 2019 v Australia
ODI shirt no.96
T20I debut (cap 34)12 August 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I7 October 2019 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
2007–2017Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
2008–2015Lahore Lions
2015Guyana Amazon Warriors
2015Chittagong Vikings
2016–2018Lahore Qalandars (squad no. 96)
2016Trinbago Knight Riders (squad no. 96)
2019–presentQuetta Gladiators (squad no. 96)
2019–presentCentral Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 16 121 84 103
Runs scored 1,003 3,194 1,690 7,470
Batting average 35.82 34.34 26.00 45.00
100s/50s 1/6 2/20 0/8 17/41
Top score 129 102* 94 248
Catches/stumpings 12/– 77/13 50/2 85/0
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 30 December 2019

Umar Akmal (Urdu: عمر اکمل‎; born 26 May 1990) is a Pakistani cricketer. He made his One Day International 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 in many ODIs.

He was announced as a franchise player for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League alongside Pakistani teammates Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik [1] Domestically, he played for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited for eleven years, before signing with United Bank Limited in August 2017.[2]

In February 2020, he was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after he had breached their Anti-Corruption code.[3][4]

Personal life

Born to Mohammad Akmal Siddique, "a very senior administrator in Pakistan cricket", in a family of seven children, with six sons who all played cricket at some point but many went to business, and one daughter,[5] Umar is the youngest brother of Adnan Akmal and Kamran Akmal who are also cricketers, both wicket-keepers. He is also the cousin of Pakistani batsman Babar Azam.

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.[6]

In 2014 he married Noor Amna, the daughter of Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir.[7]

Early and domestic 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.[8] 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.[9]

In April 2018, he was named in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[10][11] He was the leading run-scorer for Habib Bank Limited in the 2018–19 Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup, with 410 runs in ten matches.[12] In March 2019, he was named in Baluchistan's squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.[13][14] In the opening match of the tournament, he scored 136 not out, his highest total in List A cricket.[15] He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 342 runs in five matches.[16]

In September 2019, he was named in Central Punjab's squad for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament.[17][18]

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.[19]

ODI and Twenty20 Career

In an interview, Umar said "My own dream is to one day play for Pakistan alongside Kamran Bhai (Umar's brother) and I'm working hard to try and achieve that goal".[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.

Umar Akmal has the record for scoring the second most number of ducks in Twenty 20 cricket history (26) just behind Dwayne Smith.[26] On 7 October 2019, during the second T20I of the home series against Sri Lanka, he equalled Tillekaratne Dilshan's record for scoring the most number of ducks in T20Is with 10.[27]

T20 franchise career

Pakistan Super League

Umar was bought by Lahore Qalandars for US$140,000 in 2016 season. He performed well and ended up as the highest runs-scorer in PSL 2016 scoring 335 runs in seven innings with four half-centuries.[28] His team didn't qualify for play-offs and finished last in the group stage. He was retained by Lahore Qalandars for 2nd season. He finished the season with 164 runs from 8 matches with only one fifty.[29] He was again retained by Qalandars for 3rd season. He was eventually dropped by Lahore Qalandars for later part of the tournament for his below par performance and disciplinary issues.

Umar joined Quetta Gladiators for 4th season as a result of a trade. He scored 277 runs in 12 matches in the tournament.

Other leagues

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Winnipeg Hawks franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[30]


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