The terms “talent” and “controversial” have often been used for Pakistan’s middle order batsman Umar Akmal. The right-hander has been an experienced member for Pakistan now, but as a result of being too inconsistent, his career lies in doldrums. To add to his inconsistency is the fact that his poor attitude off the cricket field isn’t helping his cause one bit.
Akmal was recently axed from Pakistan’s training camp for the upcoming tour of England and wasn’t named in the test squad for the same. However, that hasn’t deterred Akmal from giving his best. In his chat with the press, the right-hander stated that his aim was now to make a comeback to the ODI and T20I sides for the tour of England.
“Well the squads have not yet been announced for limited-overs leg of the tour of England,” Akmal said.“So for now, I am living in hope like I always do. “Let’s see what happens in the coming weeks because that will give me a clearer picture regarding my future in the national team.”
He stated that his current focus was on doing well in the Caribbean Premier League. “I just need to perform, get my head down and score lots of runs in whichever league I am playing in,” he said. “At the moment, my focus is on doing well for Leicestershire and then I will be playing in the Caribbean Premier League. “I need to perform and catch the eye of the selectors; that’s all I can do and the rest is out of my hands.”
Akmal also urged the team management to back his skills. “Confidence for a player comes from your captain, the management, the coaching staff, your cricket board and the media,” he said. “Yet, sometimes I feel that I don’t get the backing and support, and that affects my confidence. It is often the case that playing in leagues around the world I am given more backing which boosts my confidence.”