Not unknown to controversy and recently being banned 2- percent of match fee for night out without permission, controversial Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has lashed out at former players making personal comments on his life while debating on televisions.
“All the senior players who I’ve played with who come on TV & say things, I’d say to them I’ve played cricket with them & know about them A to Z. Every player has respect, don’t damage that respect. Criticise, I have no problem with that but don’t hit my personal life,” Umar Akmal was quoted as saying.
Umar said this in the backdrop of being fined 20 percent of his match fee during a series against Australia that concluded earlier this month, after a video clip circulating on social media showed Umar attending a concert and dancing in Dubai.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a statement then and said Umar had apologised after team manager Talat Ali charged him with breaching the team´s curfew and going to a club, a violation of the rules for tours.
Talking about that Akmal said, “I am fond of music, I don’t hide it from anyone and I have said it in many interviews. My family knows where I go and what I do and if my family doesn’t have any problem with it then no one else should”.
“After cricket, I go & enjoy music, I watch movies, when the time for namaz comes then I pray. This is my life. I don’t know why my personal life is highlighted so much by our senior players. Did they not do these things in their youth? Did they never listen to music?”, he added.
About his snub from 23 probables squad announced by the PCB, for the upcoming ICC World Cup-2019, Umar said that he still has a lot cricket days left in him.
“My job is to perform like all other players, the rest depends on the chief selector, cricket captain and the head coach, if I am not in their plan then I don’t mind it because I still have a lot of cricket left in me,” he said.