The leadership of the men’s squad has changed over the last several years, and Najam Sethi has left and returned to his position as chairman. Ramiz Raja, the previous captain of Pakistan, was abruptly fired last year. Many important players were cut from the Pakistani teams across all of the different playing forms. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed failed to earn a spot in Test XI until making a triumphant return against New Zealand last month.

Umar Akmal, a wicketkeeper-batter who has so far played for Pakistan in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is, has, however, been absent from the team for more than three years. In 2020, Akmal received a suspension and a suspension from the Pakistan Cricket Board for failing to disclose spot-fixing attempts during the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League.

Umar has now apologized and returned to the domestic system of his nation, although he hasn’t had many chances to play first-class cricket. He did, however, represent Northern Pakistan in the List A competition in 2022.

Akmal was informed by the reporter during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hafiz Muhammad Imran that Raza Ali Dar, a cricketer for Pakistan who had coached Akmal during a local competition, had been advised to not play the 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batter for unclear reasons. An upset Akmal compared his troubles with those of India’s greatest batsman Virat Kohli in response to the disclosure.

“I am embarrassed by Raza’s frankness in saying that. He ought to have recorded the names of everyone who phoned or sent chits warning him not to play games with me. I have sacrificed so much for Pakistan; this treatment is not fair. PCB’s responsibility is to assist its players under trying circumstances, according to Akmal.

“Virat Kohli is a prime illustration of this. When he couldn’t perform, he wasn’t benched. He wasn’t informed that your cricket is ended, so they kept playing him here and there. I’ll give the Indian cricket board credit for supporting him, Akmal remarked.

Kohli endured a rough patch mid-way through 2022, and even took a break from the game for a month; however, the former India captain made a brilliant comeback in the Asia Cup in September, where he also ended his three-year-long wait for an international century. Since then, the legendary Indian batsman has recorded three more ODI hundreds.