A wicket keeper and batsman for Pakistani cricket team, Umar Akmal was born on May 26, 1990, in Lahore, Punjab province of Pakistan, belongs to the family of cricketers. His father’s name is Mohamad Akmal and he has siblings. His eldest brother Adnan Akmal was a right handed batsman in national cricket team of Pakistan and his another elder brother Kamran Akmal is the successful cricket player.
As per information on the pakpassion.net forum, Umar has completed his formal education only up to matriculation. The one thing which makes him different from other players is his habit having trademark green lipstick, we know he loves to have that always.
Umar Akmal is married to Noor Amna who is the daughter of former leg-spin bowler of Pakistan Abdul Qadir in April 2014. The couple has daughter name Harleen Umar.
Being younger brother to the two successful cricketer brother might have decided his fate early. Also belonging to the family of cricketers is one of the advantages and you have more chances to get selected. However, Umar debuted against New Zealand on November 24, 2009, in international test matches and on August 1, 2009, in ODIs against Sri Lanka. He debuted in international T20 soon after his test and ODI debut on August 12, 2009.
According to his profile on espncrickinfo.com, Umar has played 16 test matches and scored a total of 1003 runs at an average of 35.82 with 1 century and 6 half-centuries during his 30 innings. In ODIs Umar holds better track record. In 116 ODIs played by him, he scored 3044 runs with an average of 34.59 with 2 centuries and 20 half centuries.
Moreover, Umar Akmal has been a right arm off spin bowler but international matches he only plays the role of wicket keeper. Being an aggressive player makes him a better choice for the T20 format where he holds excellent track record. He played 82 international T20 matches and scored a total of 1690 runs at an average of 26.82. During his T20 career, he has maintained the excellent strike rate of 122.90 and also scored 8 half centuries which is also not an easy feat to achieve.
Umar Akmal is an impressive player but still, he did not receive any credible international or national award. But in his short career, Umar Akmal won 14 awards-7 each in T20 and ODI format of the game.
Even though he is successful cricketer he could not keep himself away from the controversies. Here is the list of important controversies where Umar Akmal is involved:
• Waqar Younus, submitted a strongly worded report against Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad and Muhammad Hafeez, for their inappropriate behavior during World Cup-2015, as per the news published in indianexpress.com.
• He was charged for misbehaving with the warden after committing the traffic violation in Gulberg police station of Lahore city. The police alleged that Umar did not stop at a traffic signal and tore the uniform of police person who tried inquire about the incident, as per the news in crictracker.com.
Umar Akmal Net Worth
In October 2017, Umar Akmal was demoted to the D-category, by PCB along with some other player. This means he will get the least salary prescribed by PCB for its players but this doesn’t mean he is less worth. He surely is earning handsome income through commercials and playing domestic leagues as well. The net worth of Umar Akmal is around $5.4 million US dollars in 2017.
Umar Akmal is news for lashing out at the critics for comparing himself with the Virat Kohli. A reporter asked him about the reason for not leaving to his expectations like Kohli and Umar dismissed the question blaming his batting position.
He was also in news on dnaindia.com for posting the music video and getting trolled on social media.
Umar Akmal born with a luck in a family of cricketers but we should accept that he had worked hard to get this success in his career. Moreover, we think he is yet to reach the zenith of his career with lots of records to his name.