Umar Akmal’s career story has been the plot of any typical drama sequence. The talented right-hander was a complete match winner when he announced himself on to the international stage and he was often perceived as an upcoming star for Pakistan. In the years following his debut, Akmal played some memorable knocks for Pakistan and remained a crucial member.
Somewhere down the line, however, Akmal never played to his 100% potential. The attacking batsman was often guilty of throwing away his starts and thus ruining all his hard work. The 2015 World Cup campaign was a disappointing one for Pakistan and from a personal point of view, Akmal too returned home without much of a contribution. Recently, when former skipper Inzamam UI Haq took over as the chief selector, Akmal was axed from all forms and was asked to work on his discipline, more than his batting form.
After a fine T20 tournament at home, Akmal is now back to represent Pakistan in the upcoming series against West Indies. In his chat with the media, Akmal mentioned that he was eager to remain free of any controversies.
“I want to have a controversy-free career now because staying out for five months from the national side were very tough and hard for me. It made me realize a lot of things,” Akmal said. He also mentioned that his target was to return to the ODI setup. “I know I can also contribute a lot in the 50-over format as I enjoy the challenge of the longer format of the game,” he added.
Inzamam Ul Haq too backed Akmal to do well and stressed out on the significance of his recent form. “He is back in the team because he is in good form and has shown this in the national event. I have spoken to him and he is keen to prove to everyone that he wants to become a permanent part of the Pakistan team in other formats of the game,” Inzamam mentioned.