Umar’s ‘childish’ claims create ruckus



KARACHI: A day after Pakistan left for their tour of Zimbabwe, batsman Umar Akmal triggered controversy by claiming that he was completely fit and had evidence to prove it.
Umar, who served dual roles as wicket-keeper and batsman during the team’s Carribean tour, was retained for the same positions for the Zimbabwe series starting with a Twenty20 game on August 23 in Harare.
However, the PCB replaced the middle-order batsman last week with wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, terming him ‘medically unfit’, with other reports suggesting that Umar had suffered a seizure during the ongoing Caribbean Premier League.
But the batsman, who returned yesterday from the West Indies, denied having physical troubles.
“I am completely fit,” said Umar upon his return from the Caribbean. “I have the doctor’s report to confirm this. I will meet the PCB chairman and show him the reports after which I will address a press conference.
“I request the media not to run such things without a confirmation as it hurts my family.”
He also appeared at the National Cricket Academy for training purposes.



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