Umar Akmal reckons that keeping the body weight under control is a very tough challenge for him because his body is built in a unique way.
It doesn’t matter what kind of food he takes, even if it’s a light food, he still ends up putting on a few kilos.
Umar was in line for selection in the Pakistani squad for the limited-over games on the tour of Caribbean, but, the selectors couldn’t pick him because he was not able to prove himself fit enough.
Pakistan come for a lot of criticism for their fielding in limited-over Cricket and one of the reasons why they can’t field as well as some of the other international teams is that the fitness standard of their players is poor. So, the management has now set a certain fitness benchmark for every player which they have to meet if they want to be selected.
To check who meets that fitness benchmark and who doesn’t, there was a fitness test organized for the probable players by the team management which was supervised by the head coach himself. Umar failed to come through that test and thus missed out on selection.
Talking to a news channel thereafter, a disappointed Umar said that he doesn’t think it’s his fault that he goes overweight time and time again. What other players do to prevent themselves from going overweight is that they become careful about their diet and that’s what he does as well. He has also been avoiding some of his favourite dishes of late and has been relying on those foods only which are not known for adding too much to the weight of a person. But, despite that, he feels that he is getting heavy and he is really upset about it.
According to Umar, everyone in his family has this tendency of putting on weight easily except his youngest sibling Adnan.