Umar Akmal remains out of favour of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

Umar Akmal was initially picked in the Pakistan cricket team for the ICC Champions Trophy but later sent back home from England after failing a fitness test.

Senior Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been overlooked by the national selectors and head coach Mickey Arthur in the list of probables finalised to attend the training camp for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka national cricket team.

According to reliable sources, the selection of two more senior players, Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad in the Test squad is also unlikely.

“The selectors, Arthur and the PCB Director of Cricket, Haroon Rasheed recently held a meeting to finalise list of players who will be invited for the training camp for the Sri Lanka series.

“Unfortunately the selectors and Arthur still feel that Umar needs more time to convince them he is ready for a national comeback,” a source said.

Umar was initially picked in the ICC Champions Trophy squad but later sent back home from England after failing a fitness test.

Even in April before the tour to the West Indies, the enigmatic batsman was not picked after failing a fitness test. His fitness and attitude have been a reason of concern for the PCB, selectors and team management.

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