Umar Akmal Thanks Quetta Gladiators Management | PSL 7:
Quetta Gladiators registered their second successive run chase of 200+ in PSL 7 yesterday when they defeated Islamabad United at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. Even a total of 199 was not enough for Islamabad United as Jason Roy, Sarfaraz Ahmed and the returning Umar Akmal thrashed the Islamabad bowlers and snatched the victory away from Islamabad United. A key contributor in this win was Umar Akmal who was making his return after almost 2 years. Akmal scored 23(8) smashing 3 sixes in crunch situation to help Quetta Gladiators seal the win.
This win has surely boosted the moral of Umar Akmal who was praised heavily by the fans on Social Media. In a post match interview, Umar Akmal thanked the Quetta Gladiators management for picking him and showing faith in him in a dark phase of his career. “I would like to thank Almighty Allah, and then my higher management, Nadeem bhai, Moin Bhai and my skipper who trusted me”, Umar Akmal stated. Moreover Umar also thanked Shahid Afridi, Sir Vivian Richards and Umar Gul for giving him confidence. Speaking about Gul, Umar Akmal stated that Gul told him that he (Umar Akmal) has won many matches for Pakistan from this similar situation so he should do it again today for the Gladiators. Umar Akmal said that he walked in with the same belief and finished the job.
Umar Akmal also applauded the way Jason Roy and Ahsan Ali start the innings. Akmal said that their team is in great rhythm and that is the reason behind chasing 200+ targets in back to back games.