Umar Akmal was frustating to work with, says Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur: It was frustating to work with Umar Akmal
Mickey Arthur: It was frustating to work with Umar Akmal

Mickey Arthur, the former coach of Pakistan Cricket Team, has revealed that Umar Akmal was a real trouble maker and it was always frustrating to work with him. He said that Akmal has trapped himself into several severe controversies that have affected his career badly and there is nothing I can do for him.

Umar Akmal, the Pakistani player, is always known to create troubles. He has been a part of the news and social media for the last few years on his corrupt acts. He got suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the day he was to be a part of Quetta Gladiators (QG) on the first day of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The reason, however, was kept as a secret by PCB and media came to know that the board has found something irrelevant from his mobile phone. Umar has however failed to submit the charges against him which could hand over a ban to him for his entire life.

Mickey Arthur, whose contract as a head coach of Pakistan expired recently, said that,

“It’s definitely too late for him [Umar Akmal] now. It’s sad because he is a likable enough bloke but what he needed was a real firm hand at the start of his career to guiding him properly,” Arthur was quoted as saying in his recent interview with the Pinch Hitter magazine.

“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,” Arthur said.

Umar Akmal got a chance to play international cricket against Sri Lanka in 2019 after a long time. His chance went vacant as he could not play well with the bat. He was later dropped off the squad after being provided with the two consecutive chances and Wahab Riaz was taken in place of him.

“I had one notable spat with Wahab Riaz, and we spoke openly about it as well. I felt Wahab had so much ability and potential and at the point, we left him out of the side, he wasn’t just fulfilling that potential,” the South African added.

It is still to be decided where destiny will take Umar Akmal now.

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