Umar Akmal eyes ODIs and T20I spot against England
London: In the recently announced test squad that will face England later in July Umar Akmal was not included but the enterprising right handed middle order batsman is hopeful that he will given a shot in the ODIs and T20s against England after the test series concludes.
“Well the squads have not yet been announced for limited-overs leg of the tour of England,” he said in an interview with PakPassion.net.
“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].”
Umar Akmal who is currently playing for Leicestershire in the Natwest T20 Blast wants to prove a point and play for Pakistan once again by scoring loads of runs in domestic league all over the world.
“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.”
“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.”
Umar Akmal also urged the Pakistan media to support him rather than hurling undue criticism at him like the way they did in the past.
“I would urge our media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward,” he said.
“The media needs to stop highlighting every little situation and making a big deal out of it.
“We cricketers have families too and it’s not nice for them to see negative stories being brought up and highlighted.
“If I receive support from the media, then it will have a positive effect on me and improve my results.”
Umar Akmal has played 16 test matches, 111 ODIs and 79 T20I matches for Pakistan and at the start of his career he was termed by many as the next big thing in Pakistan cricket but with passing time the middle order batsman failed to make his mark and deliver at crucial junctures and coupled with some disciplinary issues meant that he is sidelined from the Pakistan cricket team.