Batsman Umar Akmal was dropped from the Pakistani team representing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to failing two fitness tests and his fans were heartbroken. However, the batsman reached out to his fans through social media and vowed to remain committed to cricket and come back stronger after this set-back.

“I apologise to all the fans who have been hurt by my conduct,” Akmal said. “I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I aim to be back stronger than ever. I am even more focused on cricket now.”

Akmal added that Younis Khan is his role model and that he has learned a lot from this star-player. He not only guided him in the sport, but also showed Akmal how to deal with bad patches in the cricket career.

“My role model is Younis Khan, and even when he faced difficulties, he became even more determined. Similarly, I am now determined to come back more than ever,” he remarked.

Akmal wished all the best to his replacement Haris Sohail and the team.

“First of all, I want to wish Haris Sohail best of luck,” he said. “Regardless of whether I’m with the team or not, my best wishes will always be with them.”

“I also want to thank Inzi bhai [chief selector Inzamam] for conducting a fitness test in Pakistan. I was also appointed captain of the Punjab team in the Pakistan Cup. I will try and fulfill whatever requirements the PCB has to make my return possible,” he added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced in the beginning of this week that Umar Akmal had failed to pass the fitness tests in the pre-camp for Champions Trophy in Birmingham, due to which he had to be withdrawn from the team.

In his place, middle-order batsman Haris Sohail was selected, based on his performance in domestic cricket and his good fitness reports.

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