Former Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis believes if he was middle-order batsman Umar Akmal, he would be ashamed after being sent back from the Champions Trophy due to bad fitness.
Umar, 27, was asked to leave for Pakistan from the training camp in Birmingham when he failed to pass two fitness tests and all-rounder Haris Sohail was sent as his replacement to join the squad.
“To be blunt, the whole thing was just bizarre and should not have happened,” the 87-Test veteran told Sky Sports. “It has damaged the reputation of Pakistan and Pakistan cricket. Something has gone wrong and it’s difficult to blame Umar, or the selectors, or (head coach) Mickey Arthur until complete facts are known.”
Waqar said the Pakistan Cricket Board should (PCB) should find out how was an unfit player sent with the squad. “The Pakistan Cricket Board needs to dig deep and uncover what went on and to resolve this issue to ensure it does not happen again,” he said. “Whoever is responsible for this episode needs to own up and take responsibility.”
Former right-arm pacer then highlighted the reason why Umar was never able to convert all his potential into big runs. “Umar is his own worst enemy,” the former quick said. “He doesn’t want to work hard, he doesn’t want to put in the effort, he doesn’t want to get fit, and it’s embarrassing.”