OSLO: Pakistan wicketkeeper batsman Umar Akmal may have missed being a part of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph but that doesn’t keep him away from action both on and off the field. During an exhibition match in Norway – between two women’s teams – he was the star attraction, but the experience didn’t quite end well for him.
Facing a delivery from one of the bowlers – a real half-tracker if you may call it – Umar made a mess of it and the ball crashed onto his stumps. By the look of it, he was trying to flick the ball but it deflected and hit his leg-stump.
Even then it’s not as if he has slowed down. Earlier this year, he got into an ugly spat with Pakistan team-mate and fast bowler Junaid Khan during a Pakistan Cup (National One Day) match. During the toss, Umar said that Junaid was replaced by Nasir Nazir and the reason he gave was: “I just found out when I walked into the ground that he [Junaid Khan] is absent. I am very surprised. The manager and coach told me he is not going to be playing today. It is shocking news for me as a captain”.
Minutes later, Junaid released a video message expressing his displeasure over what Umar had said.
Umar also got recently trolled on social media after he posted a picture with a Bentley. “Enjoying London after hard work,” he had tweeted.