The Quetta Gladiators co-owner Hassan Omar stated he believes in former nationwide cricket crew participant Umar Akmal regardless of the criticism he confronted.
The remarks from the Quetta Gladiators’ co-owner come a day earlier than the draft for the eighth version of the Pakistan Super League (PSL8) is all set to happen in Karachi. All groups will full their 18-member squad within the drafting ceremony.
“I don’t think Umar’s selection is a risk,” Hassan stated, talking to Geo Tremendous. “He is with us for a very long time and we believe in his talent. The way he played in a match against Islamabad United during the last season speaks volumes about his quality.”
The franchise of the Quetta Gladiators is finest identified for its affiliation with gamers, be it offering probabilities to discarded cricketers Umar Akmal and Ahmad Shahzad or naming Sarfaraz Ahmed their franchise captain for 10 years.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 champions suffered immense criticism after they picked Umar and Ahmad collectively for the 2020-21 season of the league. They saved each gamers in full confidence, nevertheless.
Nevertheless, Umar was charged with failing to ‘report corrupt approaches’ forward of PSL 2020 which put him in bother. The cricketer was instantly suspended from that season and needed to face a three-year ban (decreased to 18 months later).
As soon as once more, the franchise has proven perception within the hard-hitting batter by not solely retaining him amongst eight gamers however appointing him their model ambassador. The Gladiators appeared assured about this determination however their followers thought in any other case.
Umar, in PSL 7, scored 101 runs in 5 matches at a mean of 20.20. He had additionally scored a half-century in that season.
Hassan has excessive hopes for the middle-order batter within the upcoming season following his latest report for his crew.
“The way he delivered last season for us, I hope he will continue doing the same this season,” the co-owner stated confidently.