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Selectors ignore Umar Akmal after he fails to report for training

Karachi: The national selection committee ignored senior Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal for the coming one-day series in Sri Lanka after he failed to comply with their instructions and report for the training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Chief selector, Haroon Rasheed told PTI that he was very disappointed with the attitude and approach of Umar Akmal.

"We had asked all those players including Umar who were in contention and consideration for the ODI series to report to the NCA for a series of fitness tests and trials but he (Umar) didn't show up," the former test batsman said.

"Umar spoke to NCA head coach Muhammad Akram and told him he was coming the next morning but than he didn't show up. If some players want to hurt their careers themselves what can we do," he said.

Sources close to Umar said the youngster had to honour his commitment of playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20.

Besides Umar, the selectors had also asked Umar Mukhtar Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Anwar Ali, Muhammad Irfan and a few others to report at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and train ahead of the five-match series.

Before leaving to play for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Umar represented Candyland and Omar Associates in different Ramazan tournaments.

Rasheed said there were some players who needed to change their attitude towards playing for Pakistan or they would be their own worst enemies.

Umar has played two matches in the CPL but has managed just two runs in those two outings, albeit one of them was an unbeaten knock.

The chief selector made it clear that despite the incident the selectors held nothing against Umar and when he made himself available he would be considered for selection after undergoing necessary fitness test and trials like other players do.

"We don't want to waste our talent but Umar himself also has to decide his career path himself."

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