Umar Akmal should learn from Sachin, Dhoni, Kohli - brother Kamran

“If he has made a mistake, he must learn from others,” says Umar’s elder brother and Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

In this picture taken on January 1, 2013, Kamran Akmal (left) and Umar Akmal converse during a practice session at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Umar was given a raw deal by the previous team management, says Kamran.   -  V. Ganesan

Umar Akmal should learn from the exemplary conduct on and off the field of players such as Sachin Tendulkar, M. S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli, his elder brother and Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has said.

Umar was banned from playing cricket for three years by the Pakistan Cricket Board earlier this week.

“My advice for Umar is that he has to learn. If he has made a mistake, he must learn from others. He is still young. There are many distractions in life. But he must learn from say Virat Kohli. In the early days of IPL, Virat was different and then he changed his attitude and approach. Look how he has turned into world’s No. 1 batsman,” he said.

Kamran said Umar can also benefit from observing the conduct of Tendulkar and Dhoni who have always steered clear of controversies. “There is our own Babar Azam who is now in the top three in the world. Then there are other examples like Dhoni. Look at the way he led his team. Then Sachin paaji who was always away from controversies. These are fantastic examples before us. We should observe and learn from them. They only looked at the sport. Off the ground, their behaviour was impeccable with their fans and they are fine ambassadors for the sport. We can only benefit from their examples,” he said.

‘Raw deal’

Kamran felt his younger brother was handed a harsh punishment as others hadn’t been sanctioned similarly for similar offences. “He can never be what the media says he did. He may have reported late, but PCB should deal with him like anyone else. Cricket is our bread and butter. He has been dealt a very raw deal by the previous management (led by former coach Mickey Arthur). He needs a bit more support,” Kamran said.

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Kamran, who has featured in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs and 58 T20Is, last played for Pakistan in 2017 in the white-ball formats. Famously, he clashed with Gautam Gambhir during the 2010 Asia Cup in Dambulla and later with Ishant Sharma during a T20I in Bengaluru in 2012-13.

“It was all due to misunderstanding and happened in the heat of the moment then. Gautam and I are good friends because we have played a lot in ‘A’ cricket. We meet regularly, have food together. It was all due to me not understanding what he said. The same with Ishant at Bangalore. You know me, I don’t say much on the field. Both Gautam and Ishant are very good boys. We respect them and they respect us. What happens on the field, stays there,” he recalled.

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