No Team Wanted to Pick Umar Akmal Except Quetta Gladiators: Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi claims that no franchise is prepared to select Umar Akmal for the upcoming eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (SPL).

The former all-rounder told the media that the middle-order batter should thank Quetta Gladiators for selecting him in the silver category.

The 44-year-old cricketer went on to say that he likes the Lahore-born cricketer as a batter because his class and skills are good, and he has the potential to represent his country again.

Shahid Afridi went on to say that the 32-year-old batter has long struggled with fitness and that he still needs to work hard on his fitness and temperament.

It is worth noting that Umar Akmal was banned for three years in 2020 by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to report details of corrupt approaches made to him.

However, in February 2021, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) reduced his ban by six months, allowing him to return to professional cricket earlier than expected.

The hard-hitting batter also appeared for the Gladiators in an exhibition match against Peshawar Zalmi, but he struck out.

Umar Akmal has played for Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, scoring 934 runs in 35 innings with an average of 31.13 and a strike rate of 141.08.

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