Manager Alam says Umar Akmal not faking injury

March 12th, 2011 - 9:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Pallekele (Sri Lanka), Mar. 12 (ANI): Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam on Saturday denied that middle-order batsman Umar Akmal was faking a finger injury in a desperate bid to save his brother Kamran’s place in the squad.

Umar is being tipped to be the team’s wicketkeeper after elder brother Kamran blundered big time against New Zealand, allowing the latter to win the encounter in a canter.

Umar is being touted to stand behind the stumps in Monday’s World Cup match against Zimbabwe.

Alam insisted there is nothing sinister in 20-year-old Umar’s World Cup injury.

“There is no such thing and we will wait and see how the injury heals,” said Alam.

“Umar has pain when he bends the finger and there was slight swelling, but since scans revealed no fracture, we will wait until the morning of the match against Zimbabwe,” he added.

Pakistan need a win against Zimbabwe to qualify for the quarter-final. (ANI)

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