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Former Pakistan Cricket Team coach and now a Sri Lankan team coach Mickey Arthur has said that it is too difficult for Umar Akmal to make a comeback into Pakistan national side.

Akmal is currently waiting to be sanctioned by the PCB after being charged with anti corruption breach, leaving another mark on a controversy-filled career.

The 29-year-old made his international debut in 2009, but only 13 of his 221 appearances for Pakistan so far came during Arthur’s reign as head coach between 2016 and 2019.

Asked to his give his thoughts on Akmal in the Pinch Hitter, Arthur, said, “It’s definitely too late for him now. It’s sad because he is a likeable enough bloke but what he needed was a real firm hand at the start of his career to guide him properly”.

Arthur said Umar had all the talent but he wasted that and he will now go in history amoung the underachived ones.

“I don’t think he got the right messages earlier in his career because if he had, he wouldn’t have gone down the route he has chosen to. He was frustrating to work with. He has all the talent in the world but has wasted it and, unfortunately, he will now go down in history as one Pakistan player who has underachieved.”

Akmal was recalled to the Pakistan set-up after Arthur’s departure, recording two consecutive ducks in T20Is against Sri Lanka last October.

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