Pakistan Cricket Team’s batsman Umar Akmal has been seen in a viral video, displaying some different skills than cricket. The footage shows Umar Akmal acting on a Bollywood song called “Tu Mere Samne Mein Tere Samne” from the film Chori Chori (2003). It seems from the background that the scene is set in some sort of a garden. The cricketer also appears to be performing the act with a woman whose face is hidden away from the camera.
Fans Appreciate Umar Akmal Acting in Tik Tok Videos
The player has received interesting comments on social media including those who admire him. Unlike the majority who usually troll Umar, some think his videos are entertaining and make them laugh.
Many have criticized Umar Akmal acting in videos and claim he has shifted his focus from cricket to Tik Tok. However, others have advised them to mind their own business because there’s no point in making fun of Akmal. The cricket player can very well be a Tik Tok star if his content is being consumed.
Where is Umar Akmal and Why He’s not Playing Cricket?
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has currently banned Umar Akmal from international cricket due to corruption allegations. Initially, the 18-month ban was placed on him in February 2020 for not reporting spot-fixers who approached him. However, the ban is now reduced to 1 year as the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) announced in February 2021. The court also reportedly fined him 4.25 million PKR for breaching PCB’s anti-corruption code.
He is now allowed to resume his cricket-related activities so soon he will be making his return in domestic cricket. Reportedly, he has been named in Central Punjab’s squad for the upcoming season. However, it does not mean that fans will not get to see Umar Akmal acting in any other video.
Career Highlights and Downfalls
Umar Akmal burst onto the international cricket scene in 2009 at the age of 19 and gathered praise from many experts with his memorable performances. In his Test debut against New Zealand, he not only held his own against the likes of Daniel Vettori and Shane Bond but also scored 129 runs in an innings where no other star batsmen could even make 30.
The player’s career took a bleak turn in 2010 when he faced a deteriorating form and often got into trouble with the authorities. PCB issued him a show-cause notice in 2011 for giving unauthorized interviews to the media. Later he was finally dropped from Test cricket and was asked to return to domestic cricket and improve his ability to bat for long hours and score centuries.
Nonetheless, it’s normal for a cricketer to become targets of trolls due to their personal life. Just like Hassan Ali’s dance video in London revived sarcastic comments on social media.