Umar Akmal


Full name Umar Akmal
Born May 26, 1990, Lahore, Punjab
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
Major teams Pakistan, Lahore Lions, Pakistan Under-19s, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
Relation BrotherKamran Akmal, Adnan Akmal

Umar Akmal is a Pakistani cricketer. He made his ODI debut on 1 August 2009 against Sri Lanka and made his Test debut against New Zealand on 23 November 2009. He is a right-handed batsman and a part time spinner. Like his two brothers, Adnan and Kamran, Umar has kept wicket for the national team.

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Personal life

Umar is the youngest brother of Adnan Akmal and Kamran Akmal who are also cricketers, both wicket-keepers.


Early career

Umar represented Pakistan in the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. After his success at the U-19 level he earned himself a first class contract and played the 2007-08 season of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, representing the Sui Southern Gas team. He is considered a future asset for Pakistan cricket. He is an aggressive style cricketer. In only his sixth first class match he smashed 248 off just 225 deliveries, including four sixes. He followed that up with an unbeaten 186 in his 8th first class match, off just 170 balls. He fared less well in his second season of first class cricket, with a string of low scores batting at number 3. He found form in the final few matches of the 2008/09 season and then in the RBS T20 tournament thus getting the selectors nod to play for Pakistan A side on their tour to Australia A.

Australia A tour

Umar came to prominence during the Australia A tour in June/July 2009. In the two Test matches he recorded scores of 54, 100*, 130, 0. In the ODI series that followed Umar continued his fine form with a century in the opening ODI encounter off just 68 deliveries. These performances made him gather considerable praise from the media who were there to witness him and calls began to grow about his inclusion in the ODI series for the main Pakistan side against Sri Lanka.

Test career

Umar made his Test debut against New Zealand at Dunedin on 23 November 2009. On the third day of his debut test, Umar Akmal hit 129 runs from 160 balls becoming only the second Pakistani to score a hundred on debut away from home after Fawad Alam. This feat also made him the first Pakistani batsman to score both his maiden Test and ODI century away from home, following his ODI century against Sri Lanka. The innings was noted as special due to Pakistan’s tough position in the match and the hundred partnership which Akmal was involved in alongside his elder brother Kamran. He followed up the century in the first innings with a fifty in the second innings.

In only his second Test match he was moved up the order to the crucial spot of number 3, where he struggled initially but managed to counter-attack the hostile bowling with his natural flair, making 46 before he was undone by an inswinger by Daryl Tuffey. In the second innings he was moved down the order to his usual batting spot of number 5 as captain Mohammed Yousuf chose to bat at number 3 himself, and Akmal looked his usual aggressive self throughout his innings of 52 which came off only 33 balls. He had his first failure in the first innings of the third test at Napier where he was caught in the gully for a duck but scored a rearguard 77 in the second, promoting him to the leading run scorer of the series. Akmal finished the tour with 400 runs at an average of 57.14.

Umar Akmal’s early success was briefly tarnished by a controversy during Pakistan’s 2009–10 tour of Australia. It was widely reported that Umar had feigned an injury to protest the dropping of older brother Kamran for the final Test match against Australia. Umar denied such rumors and played in the final match without his brother. He was later fined 2-3 million rupees by the PCB for breaching his contract and speaking to the media without approval.

ODI and Twenty20 career

In an interview, Umar said “My own dream is to one day play for Pakistan alongside Kamran Bhai (Brother) and I’m working hard to try and achieve that goal”. Akmal was selected in Pakistan’s squad for the One Day International Series against Sri Lanka in July/August 2009. Having missed out on the first ODI Umar made his debut in the second match of the series replacing Mohammad Yousuf in the middle order. In only his second career ODI Umar scored his maiden ODI fifty. Umar followed up his maiden fifty by scoring a century in the very next match. For this match winning effort he was awarded his first career Man of the Match award. His exploits in Sri Lanka earned him a place in Pakistan’s champions trophy squad. He played two good innings. His 41 not out against West Indies was a match winning knock and landed him his second career Man of the Match award. His next big innings came in the semi final against New Zealand, where he scored a brisk 55 in a losing effort, before he was wrongly given out by umpire Simon Taufel, who later apologized. Despite the fact that Umar Akmal is not a wicket-keeper he kept wicket for Pakistan temporarily in the third ODI against England in 2010 from the 27th over onwards because his elder brother Kamran was being diagnosed for an injury to his finger. Umar Akmal scored 71 runs from 52 balls in his debut World Cup match and was named Man of the Match.

In February 2012 Pakistan faced England in four ODIs. Pakistan’s brittle batting meant the team management chose to play Umar as a wicket-keeper based on his batting, though his brother Adnan was considered the better ‘keeper. The result of choosing the less accomplished glovesman was that in the first two matches Umar Akmal missed opportunities to dismiss Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook early in their innings, and they respectively went on to score a half-century and a century.

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 16 30 2 1003 129 35.82 1520 65.98 1 6 117 17 12 0
ODIs 97 86 15 2646 102* 37.26 3036 87.15 2 19 219 47 62 13
T20Is 56 53 9 1221 94 27.75 1000 122.10 0 6 94 35 36 2
First-class 63 106 9 4757 248 49.04 6573 72.37 10 29 598 70 53 0
List A 134 121 20 3622 104 35.86 4147 87.34 4 23 295 67 84 13
Twenty20 118 112 23 2427 94 27.26 1903 127.53 0 12 229 62 74 8

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 16
ODIs 97
T20Is 56
First-class 63 11 192 156 3 2/24 2/24 52.00 4.87 64.0 0 0 0
List A 134 4 54 43 2 1/7 1/7 21.50 4.77 27.0 0 0 0
Twenty20 118 1 24 36 1 1/36 1/36 36.00 9.00 24.0 0 0 0

Umar Akmal News

Pakistan, England gear up for World Twenty20 26 Nov 2015

Dubai – Former champions Pakistan will face England in a three-match Twenty20 series in Dubai from Thursday as they begin to settle their squads for next year’s World Twenty20. Pakistan finished runners-up in the first edition of the Wor...

Pakistan’s Wasim out, Akmal in for England Twenty20 series 21 Nov 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Fast-rising allrounder Imad Wasim has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series against England starting next week after failing to recover from a hand injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced Friday. Whil...

Umar dropped from Twenty20 squad pending inquiry 12 Nov 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan has left talented but inconsistent batsman Umar Akmal out of the squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against England on disciplinary grounds, the chief selector said Thursday. The 25-year-old Umar was a...

Sri Lanka, West Indies face off with young guns 12 Oct 2015

Galle (Sri Lanka) – Sri Lanka and the West Indies will look to offload past baggage and begin a new era with fresh young talent when a two-Test series starts in Galle on Wednesday. Sri Lanka are rebuilding following the retirement of the...

Umar Akmal helps Pakistan to T20 win over Zimbabwe 29 Sep 2015

Harare- Umar Akmal’s aggressive innings proved crucial in a low-scoring game as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 15 runs to win Tuesday’s Twenty20 international at Harare Sports Club and sweep the two-match series. Akmal scored 38 not out from ...

2nd T20: Determined Zimbabwe keen to level series 29 Sep 2015

Over the years, encounters between Pakistan and Zimbabwe across formats have culminated in some thrilling contests. Familiarity with its opponent hasn’t borne fruit for Zimbabwe, though, and it is yet to register a win in eight matches a...

1st T20 Preview: ​Zimbabwe, Pakistan look to fine-tune ahead of 2016 WT20 27 Sep 2015

Pakistan cricket is on a high, and with good reason. A series win across all formats in Sri Lanka, conditions in which the team hasn’t enjoyed in the past, certainly injected the players with a great deal of self-belief. But Zimbabwe is ...

PCB awards central contracts for year 2015-16 to 27 players 5 Sep 2015

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announces the award of its Players Central Contracts for the year 2015-16 (July ‘15–June ‘16) to 27 players in four categories. This bunch is a blend of seasoned players with proven credentials and emergi...

I will always have the desire and passion to play for my country: Kamran Akmal 15 Aug 2015

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Pakistan win a T20 thriller against Sri Lanka 1 Aug 2015

Colombo – Shahid Afridi and Anwar Ali played key roles as Pakistan ended a successful tour of Sri Lanka with a thrilling one-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 international in Colombo on Saturday. Full Scorecard: 2nd T20 Pakistan vs ...

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