Pakistani cricket star Umar Akmal is warned by Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur to improve his fitness before his comeback to the national side.
Mickey Arthur has clearly stated to the media in Lahore that:
“If someone fails seven fitness tests, we cannot do much about it.”
Talking about Umar Akmal, he also told the media that:
“Ball is in Umar’s court. He knows what he needs to do to come back in the national team.”
Mickey Arthur, the 49-year-old claimed that the team will not compromise for any player. He also said that he will move ahead without any unfit ones. This clearly showed that he was talking about Umar Akmal. He said,
“Everyone should know we’ve got enough to move forward without any player who’s not meeting our standards.”
Mickey Arthur’s Views About Other Players
Ahmed Shahzad has been praised by the head coach. Regarding him, Mickey Arthur stated
“To be honest, we don’t have any problem with Shahzad. Yes, he didn’t get as many runs as we would like. But his attitude is really impressive in the training and everywhere else.”
The South African revealed that left-armer Wahab Riaz can still have a future with the team. But he must improve in order to cement his place in the final eleven. Mickey Arthur said:
“Wahab is a very good bowler. But he knows that there’s tough competition for places in the team. So he needs to keep improving to cement his place in the final lineup.”
Talking about Salman Butt’s potential comeback to the national team, Mickey Arthur was not sure.
“I can’t tell you when he will make come back. But all I can tell you is that he is training really hard. And he’s a really good batsman.” Said, Mickey Arthur.