Akmal reveals why Arthur picked him for the ODI series against Australia

Umar Akmal reveals Mickey Arthur said he can be a match-winner Pakistan Super League PSL Quetta Gladiators Pakistan Australia ODI series cricket

Umar Akmal: “Mickey told me I was a match-winner and I can finish games”

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Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators batsman Umar Akmal has revealed that head coach Mickey Arthur sees him as a “match-winner” and thus selected him for the upcoming ODI series against Australia.

Akmal has not represented Pakistan in an ODI since January 2017, but will be going into the series in the United Arab Emirates later this month full of confidence due to his form in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Akmal, who will play in the PSL final on Sunday, has scored 277 runs in 11 games for the Gladiators at an average of 34.62.

The 28-year-old had a frosty relationship with Arthur in the past and even claimed that the Pakistan head coach verbally abused him and banned him from training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

However, after chatting with Arthur, who coached the Karachi Kings in the PSL, they seem to have set aside their differences.

“Mickey told me I was a match-winner and I can finish games and I can do that if I display more control,” Akmal told Dawn.

The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia begins on March 22 in Sharjah.

2 thoughts on “Akmal reveals why Arthur picked him for the ODI series against Australia

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    • Shehzad has been in excellent form. If he continues to perform in the domestic competitions, he should regain his spot in the Pakistan team.

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