Former middle order batsman of Pakistan Umar Akmal has left Pakistan to play in the USA cricket league. He is playing for California Zalmi in Premiere C league and in his debut game he got out on golden duck. He has signed a short-term deal with the Northern California Cricket Association but he is interested in the long-term contract.
Earlier Umar Akmal was playing for Central Punjab Second XI in a domestic T20 cricket tournament but he was not able to perform well. In his five outings his score was 0, 14, 7, 16 and 29. He was unable to make his place in the first XI domestic teams and was forced to play for second XI in National T20 Cup. After his poor performance he left for USA in the mid-season and now his participation in the upcoming Quaid-i-Azam trophy and One Day Cup is also uncertain.
The 31 years old right-handed batsman had a series of disciplinary issues and he was banned just before the start of 2020 Pakistan Super League when he was not able to report the spot fixing offers. He was banned from playing cricket for three years but later his ban was reduced to a year and a half. The ban was later reduced to six months but his relationship with the management was never ideal. Now he is hopeful for a better future in USA. Before Umar Akmal, Sami Aslam also moved to USA and is playing cricket in USA league.