Amid the recent turmoil and recriminations in Pakistan cricket it is easy to overlook the arrival of a major talent. Umar Akmal, the 19-year-old brother of wicketkeeper Kamran, has made the step up to international level with ease and, following the exits of Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, is now his country's middle-order lynchpin in all formats. A stylish right-hander, he marked his Test debut in Wellington last November with a magificent century and was one of the few to emerge with any credit from the tour of Australia. He has yet to make an impact in T20 internationals, but with his level of talent and range of stokes, it appears only a matter of time.
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