All is clearly not well in the life of Pakistan discard Umar Akmal. From being ommitted from the players' list of Pakistan Cricket Board's central contracts to repeatedly being named in the recent spot-fixing case, the right-handed batsman - who was once dubbed as the next big thing in the Pakistani cricket circuit - is now a mere shadow of himself.
A series of inconsistent performances led to his ouster from the national team which has now shifted its focus on nurturing promising youngsters. But, more importantly, it's the fans who just can't get enough of trolling the out-of-favour Pakistani cricketer.
So much so, that even a harmless photograph Akmal shared on Twitter was enough for the fans to roast the Pakistani cricketer on the micro-blogging website. Akmal had tweeted a photo of himself alongside a swanky Bentley with a caption that read: "Enjoying London after hard work". His tweet was soon flagged with hilarious comments by the cricket fans who mercilessly trolled the cricketer.
Enjoying London after hard work pic.twitter.com/N6U05mgAse— Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) July 13, 2017
After being sent back home by coach Mickey Arthur after failing multiple fitness tests ahead of Champions Trophy, Akmal claims to be working hard and training in England. However, for all his claims, Akmal had nothing to show in a shambolic dismissal he witnessed in an exhibition match.
Akmal was asked to play in an exhibition match in Norway where two women's cricket teams - including players from Pakistan origin - were supposed to lock horns for charity. Akmal's presence in the match was merely restricted to drawing the crowd for revenue but he even managed to screw that up somehow.
Facing bowler Isma Ahmed, the right-handed batsman appeared to have taken her too lightly. Jogging in from a short run-up, the female cricketer bowler a loopy delivery wide of the off-stump. For a seasoned campaigner like him, Akmal was expected to at least push or even drive it towards the covers, if not smash it out of the park.
However, contrary to popular perception, Akmal - instead of playing the ball towards the off-side - shuffled across and tried to dab the ball towards the on-side. But, to the utter dismay of Akmal and sheer joy of the female cricketer, the ball took an inside edge before crashing onto the stumps.
Absolutely stunned by his dismissal, Akmal wasted no time in walking back into the hut, while Isma's teammates came running onto the pitch to celebrate the wicket.
While Akmal has surely been the perennial joke in Pakistan cricket circuit, his latest exploits were undeniably a new low - even for someone like him.