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    Umar Akmal : "In the coming months and years everyone will see a more mature Umar Akmal"

    Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq's decision to axe Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad from the list of potential players for the upcoming England tour seems to have taken many by surprise. The 26-year-old Akmal in particular is a favourite among many fans who feel his attacking style of play is exactly what is lacking from Pakistan's struggling limited overs sides. However the young batsman's international career is now in limbo after his apparent disciplinary indiscretions, leaving his selection for the tour to England highly doubtful.

    Umar Akmal's credentials as a dangerous limited overs player are currently on display in England where he is representing Leicestershire in the Natwest T20 Blast tournament. His first game against Northamptonshire has already yielded fifty-two unbeaten runs off thirty-two balls and clearly highlights his immense potential in the Limited Overs format. Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Akmal discussed a range of subjects including his past performances and future for Pakistan, the new Chief Selector's decision to sideline him and cleared misconceptions regarding his fitness.





    PakPassion.net : You are back at Leicestershire after a short but successful stint last season. What are your aims for this season with Leicestershire?

    Umar Akmal : Firstly a big thank you to Leicestershire for giving me the opportunity to return and play for them again. I had a great time last season playing for Leicestershire and my aims this season are to play well and score plenty of runs in each match for Leicestershire and to help them have a successful season in the Natwest T20 Blast tournament.


    PakPassion.net : You are now 26 years old. Time to show some maturity on and off the field isn't it?

    Umar Akmal : I think I have improved a lot when it comes to maturity both on the cricket field and off it. I feel that in the coming months and years everyone will see a more mature Umar Akmal. I particularly need to bat according to the situation more than I have in the past and that is definitely something I am focussing on.


    PakPassion.net : The Chief Selector wants to see plenty of runs from you in domestic cricket. Are you up for that challenge and to prove your doubters wrong?

    Umar Akmal : Absolutely. My aim is to make lots of runs for Leicestershire, then in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and then back home in Pakistan I need to make sure I get off to a flying start in domestic cricket for Sui Gas. I am aware that I need a strong domestic season behind me to impress the selectors and I am fully aware that I need to perform in domestic cricket to hopefully catch the eye of the selectors.


    PakPassion.net : According to the recent fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), your levels of fitness have declined. Why is that and is that a concern for you?

    Umar Akmal : As professional athletes, we are always working hard on our fitness. Unfortunately, some quarters have insinuated that I am extremely unfit and not ready to play. This is obviously untrue. However, as a professional athlete, I will continue to work hard on my fitness.


    PakPassion.net : Do you think you get a rough deal from the media who see you as an easy target?

    Umar Akmal : I would urge the Pakistani media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward. 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 in the media. Our families struggle to cope with such controversies which our media seem to thrive on. It not only hurts our families but these stories hurt us cricketers and ultimately Pakistan cricket. I need support from the media and if I get that then you will definitely see positive results.


    PakPassion.net : You find yourself now completely sidelined from international cricket. What's going through your mind nowadays?

    Umar Akmal : Well the squads have not been announced as yet for the limited overs leg of the tour of England. Only the squad has been announced ahead of the Test series, so you never know. I live in hope, I always do. I've only wanted what is best for the Pakistan team and Pakistan cricket and I have always tried my best in whatever format I have been selected. I always pray that the Pakistan cricket team is successful whether I am in the team or not and that will never change. Let's see what happens in the coming weeks and months as that will give me a clearer picture regarding my future.


    PakPassion.net : You made a sparkling 129 on Test debut but your critics say that as a batsman you have regressed. What's gone wrong?

    Umar Akmal : My Test debut was a special moment for me. My brother Kamran was with me at the crease when I reached three figures and senior players like Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik were around me and they offered me so much support and guidance. I cannot express in words just how much confidence those senior players gave me. I was full of confidence back then and perhaps that is what has been lacking and why I've not been able to kick on as much as I would have liked regarding my performances for Pakistan. A lot of people had high hopes for me and I don't want to let those people down in the future.


    PakPassion.net : Why is your confidence lacking despite so many opportunities for Pakistan?

    Umar Akmal : Confidence for a player comes from your captain, the management, the coaching staff, your cricket board and the media. We players just need confidence that's all. I've played all over the world and have always tried to project my country's name in a positive light. My country always comes first for me but sometimes I feel that I don't get the backing and support and that affects my confidence. Sometimes playing in leagues around the world I am given more backing and therefore that boosts my confidence.


    PakPassion.net : Do you now see yourself as a Twenty20 specialist batsman?

    Umar Akmal : Absolutely not. My aim has always been and always will be to play Test cricket for Pakistan. I've always said that Test cricket is the number one format for me and I still maintain that. I always wanted to emulate the achievements of Younis Khan in Test cricket and still do. He's a great example to me as a cricketer and as a human being. I also follow AB de Villiers a lot and he's another great example to me. These are two individuals whose achievements I want to emulate and time is still on my side.


    PakPassion.net : When do you think we will see you back in Pakistan colours?

    Umar Akmal : I'd love to be in Pakistan's whites and be playing Test cricket as that's the format that I really want to play for Pakistan again. I'm desperate to play Test cricket again for Pakistan, but if I don't get the opportunity to play Test cricket then limited overs cricket for my country would be fine. I just want another chance to perform and to show people that I am still capable of performing in international cricket. I used to play all three formats for Pakistan and I'm sure everyone will see me playing in all three formats for Pakistan again soon.


    PakPassion.net : Do you feel that the introduction of Mickey Arthur gives you a fresh opportunity to impress the head coach?

    Umar Akmal : I wish Mickey all the best in his new role and I hope his stint as head coach is a very successful one. Whoever the selectors and head coach pick to play for Pakistan, there will be no hard feelings from me and I wish all of them the very best.


    PakPassion.net : At this moment in time, based on what Inzamam-ul-Haq has said, do you agree your international future looks bleak?

    Umar Akmal : I just need to perform, get my head down and score lots of runs in whichever league I am playing in. At the moment my focus is on doing well for Leicestershire and then I will be playing in the Caribbean Premier League. After that I will play some club cricket in Pakistan and then the domestic season in Pakistan starts. 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.


    PakPassion.net : You've been labelled talented, reckless and irresponsible? Are those fair ways to describe your batting credentials?

    Umar Akmal : I will ask my critics to not compare me with others. Just look at me and what I have achieved compared to others. They will get the answer by just looking at my statistics and looking at the numbers of others; my statistics are much better. As for my fans I will say that you have always supported me through thick and thin and I need your support now more than ever. I always get a lot of confidence from my fans' comments and appreciation.



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    He actually made some good points especially about the media. But I think he should take more responsibility. Seems as though he needs confidence from management to succeed. Good to see he wants to play first class cricket a season of that could do wonders for him

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    In all my time interviewing individuals involved in Pakistan cricket, this was the first interview where the interviewee has said No comment to any question(s).



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    He has said this before also.

    He has the potential but it needs to translate into results now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahson8 View Post
    He has said this before also.

    He has the potential but it needs to translate into results now.
    You can't stay dumb forever. Believe it or not, he's shown improvement but what people don't understand is that it's a gradual process. 28, I'm predicting, is when the tide will turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    In all my time interviewing individuals involved in Pakistan cricket, this was the first interview where the interviewee has said No comment to any question(s).
    Is that positive thing or...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    You can't stay dumb forever. Believe it or not, he's shown improvement but what people don't understand is that it's a gradual process. 28, I'm predicting, is when the tide will turn.

    I hope so. He really does have the talent, but he doesn't show into often.


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    He seems to say this a lot hopefully he starts showing it now

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    Needs to fix his brain and become a permanent member of the ODI middle order


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    In the interview, he appears to have chosen his words very carefully, and I thought that before I read the 'no comment' comment by Saj.

    He's always had the shots, but no temperament/mental discipline. An interview isn't going to change that; hard work will. I hope he understands that.

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    He has to prove it in the domestic cricket this year, so we shall see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    In all my time interviewing individuals involved in Pakistan cricket, this was the first interview where the interviewee has said No comment to any question(s).
    Which questions did he refuse to answer?

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    He should move to England and start playing for a county. After he gets the citizenship, he should focus on IPL. That's the best option for him and his family.

    He will be under scrutiny by the media for every single thing he does. He doesn't have the brains to deal with it either. If he remains in the Pakistani setup, its a long road ahead. He needs to be disciplined without a social life and keep performing in the obscure domestic circuit. Even if he does well, there's no hope. Look at Shehzad and Pakistan cup. Even if he gets picked, it will be for T20s only. He gets to play only a few games a year in T20s and then has to hope for a spot in the ODIs. Then he will have to wait for that No.3 spot. If he dazzles in the ODIs, he might be considered for the tests and this is just not feasible because consistency is not his game and he bats down the order.

    Go ahead Umar - Instead of plying your trade in 10 T20 games for Pakistan a year and that too if you get picked, go freelance. Apply for that UK citizenship and be a T20 champ where you will be respected. And by the way, make millions too instead of crappy pay, abuse and insult.
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    His interview shows he is in complete denial and just spewing platitudes he doesn't believe in.

    Long hard road ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Which questions did he refuse to answer?
    I asked him for his thoughts on what Inzamam has said about him and his disciplinary problems.

    Also he was asked whether he thought he was lucky to have been given so many chances by the selectors.



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    I recall an earlier thread where the moderators had mentioned that in case of umar akmal some of the tings he says in interviews are better not being seen in print.
    If thats the case, the no comment this is a step in the right direction.
    Unfortunately, his case is like most Pakistan players. Deep inside he feels he has been wronged. So he is waiting for a few things to go his way, before he can respond in manner which is what he feels is his due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I asked him for his thoughts on what Inzamam has said about him and his disciplinary problems.

    Also he was asked whether he thought he was lucky to have been given so many chances by the selectors.
    Both questions on point.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Belawal2014 View Post
    Both questions on point.
    On point but can't be answered. His conversation with Inzi is private. Also, the second question seems like a 'gotcha' question. If he says yes, it will satisfy a lot of egos but will hurt his. If he says no, then people say he will never learn. 'No Comment's is the right answer for both questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    On point but can't be answered. His conversation with Inzi is private. Also, the second question seems like a 'gotcha' question. If he says yes, it will satisfy a lot of egos but will hurt his. If he says no, then people say he will never learn. 'No Comment's is the right answer for both questions
    How is his conversation with Inzi private? Inzi made those comments regarding Ahmad Shahzad and Umar Akmal in a presser, out in the open, to the public. Surely, Umar Akmal could have used this platform to give his defense? Same goes for the second comment as well. Him refusing to answer both questions comes off as a bit rude, and perhaps an admission of his own faults?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Belawal2014 View Post
    How is his conversation with Inzi private? Inzi made those comments regarding Ahmad Shahzad and Umar Akmal in a presser, out in the open, to the public. Surely, Umar Akmal could have used this platform to give his defense? Same goes for the second comment as well. Him refusing to answer both questions comes off as a bit rude, and perhaps an admission of his own faults?
    When a selector has dropped you and gave you a reason for that, you don't present your case in public. He probably tried to reassure Inzi that he will mend his ways. Imagine what will happen if he is giving interviews about the injustice caused. That will be a breach of trust between him and Inzi. In Pakistan cricket where the egos are astronomical, that's equivalent to tooting your own horn for retirement.

    As far as the second question goes, he will not consider himself lucky. I'm pretty sure he's miffed with the selectors that people like Azhar, Malik are in the ODI team and not him. However, he can't say that out loud. Hence the 'No Comment' and it is justified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    When a selector has dropped you and gave you a reason for that, you don't present your case in public. He probably tried to reassure Inzi that he will mend his ways. Imagine what will happen if he is giving interviews about the injustice caused. That will be a breach of trust between him and Inzi. In Pakistan cricket where the egos are astronomical, that's equivalent to tooting your own horn for retirement.

    As far as the second question goes, he will not consider himself lucky. I'm pretty sure he's miffed with the selectors that people like Azhar, Malik are in the ODI team and not him. However, he can't say that out loud. Hence the 'No Comment' and it is justified.
    Agree to disagree, then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Belawal2014 View Post
    Agree to disagree, then.
    Sure. Everybody got a clean slate. New selectors, new coach and a new attitude. However, they needed a couple of scape goats for the poor performance. If discipline is the issue, Younis should have fired after his antics over the years.

    I am a nobody but I think Inzi missed a trick here. He should have chosen Shehzad and UA for the 'A' team. Their egos would have been crushed playing under Babar and it will be a lesson learnt for those two. Instead, they are left to wilderness as if there are tens of backups in the domestic setup. There are many ways to teach a lesson. If you consider someone valuable, you don't crush their spirit. Anyway, all I can say is good luck to the replacements.

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    Waiting eagerly for this transformation....


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Sure. Everybody got a clean slate. New selectors, new coach and a new attitude. However, they needed a couple of scape goats for the poor performance. If discipline is the issue, Younis should have fired after his antics over the years.

    I am a nobody but I think Inzi missed a trick here. He should have chosen Shehzad and UA for the 'A' team. Their egos would have been crushed playing under Babar and it will be a lesson learnt for those two. Instead, they are left to wilderness as if there are tens of backups in the domestic setup. There are many ways to teach a lesson. If you consider someone valuable, you don't crush their spirit. Anyway, all I can say is good luck to the replacements.
    Or their egos could have crushed Babar Azam . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Or their egos could have crushed Babar Azam . . . .
    That should teach Babar how to treat egos in the team. Anyway, these are the options for UA and Shehzad's comeback

    1. Both will buckle down, score heavily in the domestic circuit but will get ignored.
    2. Ditto as 1 except where they get selected to the national team
    3. Their replacements fail and both are brought back hastily.

    Now your guess is my guess as to what will happen.

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    Oh really Umar Akmal? I have never heard this story before....

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    Pakistan cricket team’s discarded player and wicket-keeper, Umar Akmal, has been left out of the 17-men squad announced for their hectic tour of England, starting this July. The team is slated to play 4 Tests, 5 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and a single T20. The new selection panel, headed by former skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq, made changes in the team keeping in mind the performance of their current crop of players and discipline. Discipline has been an issue for Pakistan players and for this reason they dropped Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal. Akmal had a disastrous Asia Cup and ICC World T20, held in India and paid the price for his behavior on and off the field as well. Full Cricket Scorecard: England vs Pakistan, 1st Test match

    After being dropped from the national team, Akmal is back for some County cricket with his team, Leicestershire. Speaking about his aims with the team, he stated, “A big thank you to Leicestershire for giving me the opportunity to return and play for them again. I had a great time last season playing for Leicestershire and my aims this season are to play well and score plenty of runs in each match for Leicestershire and to help them have a successful season in the Natwest T20 Blast tournament”, told the middle-order batsman in an exclusive interview with Pakpassion.net.

    Famous for being indiscipline both on and off the field, a confident Akmal said, “I think I have improved a lot when it comes to maturity both on the cricket field and off it. I feel that in the coming months and years everyone will see a more mature Umar Akmal. I particularly need to bat according to the situation more than I have in the past and that is definitely something I am focusing on.”

    Eager to prove his doubters wrong, Akmal replied,” My aim is to make lots of runs for Leicestershire, then in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and then back home in Pakistan I need to make sure I get off to a flying start in domestic cricket for Sui Gas. I am aware that I need a strong domestic season behind me to impress the selectors.”

    Speaking about his fitness which has declined according to the tests held in National Cricket Academy (NCA), he said, “Unfortunately, some quarters have insinuated that I am extremely unfit and not ready to play. This is obviously untrue. However, as a professional athlete, I will continue to work hard on my fitness.

    Starting off his career by a sparkling 129 on Test debut, his batting has not been consistent. He answered, on what has gone wrong for the right-hander, he told,” I was full of confidence back then and perhaps that is what has been lacking and why I have not been able to kick on as much as I would have liked regarding my performances for Pakistan. A lot of people had high hopes for me and I do not want to let those people down in the future.”

    Pakistan cricket team recently appointed Mickey Arthur has their head coach ahead of a packed schedule in 2016. This gives a fresh opportunity for Akmal to impress the new coach and comeback into the team. On this, he stated, “I wish Mickey all the best in his new role and I hope his stint as head coach is a very successful one. Whoever the selectors and head coach pick to play for Pakistan, there will be no hard feelings from me and I wish all of them the very best.”

    On his awaited comeback, he looked confident and hopeful that he will learn a lot now and feature in Pakistan colours soon. “I’d love to be in Pakistan’s whites and be playing Test cricket as that’s the format that I really want to play for Pakistan again. I’m desperate to play Test cricket again for Pakistan, but if I don’t get the opportunity to play Test cricket then limited overs cricket for my country would be fine. I just want another chance to perform and to show people that I am still capable of performing in international cricket, concluded the wicket-keeper.
    http://www.cricketcountry.com/articl...-future-455668


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    ‘Out of favour’ Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal said on Sunday that he still believes he will receive a call to participate in the national team’s upcoming tour of England, despite him being left out of the Test squad.

    In an interview with PakPassion.net, the 26-year-old middle order batsman said he still has hope of being called up for limited-overs format in England.

    “Well the squads have not yet been announced for limited-overs leg of the tour of England,” he 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].”

    England tour: Shehzad, Umar Akmal dropped over disciplinary issues

    Akmal has represented Pakistan in 111 one-days and 79 T20s in the past.

    However, he was dropped from the squad of 35-man probables to tour England due to lack of performances and disciplinary issues last month by newly-appointed chief selector Inzamamul Haq, who announced that the new selection committee would be stern in matters of discipline.

    Taking a lesson from that, the 26-year-old said that in order to gain selectors’ attention again, he would have to exhibit strong performances wherever he plays and have faith in the meritocracy of the new selection committee.

    “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.”

    Theatre scandal: ‘Umar Akmal most likely to be cleared’

    Nevertheless, Akmal lamented that the board and the management never showed him the support he needed to boost his confidence on the field.

    “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 might face strict action after Faisalabad incident

    The middle order batsman further urged local media to support Pakistani players rather than exploiting their flaws.

    “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.”
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/1117168/...-spot-england/


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    New Delhi: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal often faces flak from the local media for underperforming.

    The right-hander at times finds it hard to stay out of the news due to his antics on and off the field.

    On Sunday however, Akmal trained his gun on the media and asked it not to highlight every small matter.

    “I would urge the Pakistani media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward. The media needs to stop highlighting every little situation and making a big deal out of it,” he was quoted as saying bu pakpassion.net.

    He also went on to add that negative media reports do not go down well with families of cricket players.

    “We cricketers have families too and it's not nice for them to see negative stories being brought up and highlighted in the media. Our families struggle to cope with such controversies which our media seem to thrive on. It not only hurts our families but these stories hurt us cricketers and ultimately Pakistan cricket. I need support from the media and if I get that then you will definitely see positive results,” he further added.

    The 26-year-old is currently representing Leicestershire Foxes in England's T20 Blast.
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    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.

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    We should have invested in Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail and Umar Akmal in Tests, instead of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belawal2014 View Post
    Both questions on point.
    and both without a reply. But to be fair, I think it's better that he said no comment, rather than give answers that may have landed in him in trouble.



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    Before his debut in 2009, Umar Akmal was definitely one of the hottest prospects ─ if not the hottest one ─ in Pakistani cricket.

    The swashbucklinbg right-handed batsman from Lahore, who was 19 then, absolutely thrashed bowlers in the domestic circuit and was also a part of the Pakistan Under-19 side in the World Cup 2008 campaign.

    Kamran Akmal’s younger brother, with his innate skill, was seen as a successor to former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq who ended his stellar career in 2007.

    Akmal’s debut series was against Sri Lanka and the young lad couldn’t resist displaying his natural flamboyance on the pitch, scoring a blistering 102 in what was only his third ODI.

    That innings was not just about Akmal's high score — his street smart and free-flowing hands roused excitement around the cricketing world, raising comparisons with the likes of Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas.

    Akmal introduced himself in the Test arena in a similar manner, scoring 129 and 75 against New Zealand at Dunedin in November 2009.

    Fans were thrilled to have someone with technical soundness and aggression in the team's batting line-up.

    However, the middle-order batsman's consistency began wavering, and posting big scores became a rare occurrence for the right-hander.

    His loss of ability to make a positive impact in matches was paired with complaints regarding his discipline and lack of seriousness.

    Akmal, however, believes his loss of form is down to lack of confidence in his abilities. The Lahori feels he has not been backed by fans and Pakistani media after his involvement in unethical activities on several occasions.

    "The media needs to stop highlighting every little situation and making a big deal out of it," he said in an interview to Pakpassion.net.

    "Us cricketers have families too and it's not nice for them to see negative stories being brought up and highlighted in the media."

    "Our families struggle to cope with controversies which the media seems to thrive on," Akmal added.

    He said his form would improve if he got enough support from the media in particular. "I would urge the Pakistani media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward," the 26-year-old said.

    "I need support from the media and if I get that then you will definitely see positive results."

    The Lahore-born cricketer did not seem happy with current teammates and management staff and said that he missed some former players who had bucked him up in his early days in international cricket, claiming that it helped encourage good performances.

    Talking about his explosive Test debut Akmal said: "My Test debut was a special moment for me. My brother Kamran was with me at the crease when I reached three figures and senior players like Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik were around me and they offered me so much support and guidance."

    "I cannot express in words just how much confidence those senior players gave me."

    Akmal believes that for him to perform well, every stakeholder should support him completely. "Confidence for a player comes from your captain, the management, the coaching staff, your cricket board and the media... Us players just need confidence that's all."

    The right-hander is currently in England, playing for Leicestershire in the on-going Natwest T20 blast.

    He has scored 86 runs in his four outings for the county side, including a 52 not out in his first match.

    Scoring runs in the shorter format in England can prove beneficial for Akmal as Pakistan will play five ODIs and a T20 after a four-match Test series against England in an upcoming tour next month.

    Having not been named in the Test squad and also ignored for the recent Pakistan boot camp at PMA Kakul, Akmal is still hopeful that he will make it to the national side for the limited overs games.

    "Only the squad has been announced ahead of the Test series, so you never know," he said. "I live in hope, I always do."

    Umar Akmal’s Test form also took a nosedive a year after his debut, but the right-hander may be able to use the lack of opportunity as an excuse for not being able to prove himself in the longer format.

    The 26-year-old was dropped after playing 16 Tests and has been considered as a limited overs specialist since then.

    However, Akmal thinks he has the ability to put up big scores in the traditional Test format and wants to see his name amongst the likes of compatriot Younis Khan and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

    "I always wanted to emulate the achievements of Younis Khan in Test cricket and still do," he said. "I also follow AB de Villiers a lot and he's another great example to me. These are two individuals whose achievements I want to emulate and time is still on my side."

    Akmal, who has scored 2,913 ODI runs at an average of 34.67 for his country said he needed ‘another chance’ to prove his mettle and regain his place in the national squad and also in the hearts of the cricket crazy Pakistani fans.

    "I just want another chance to perform and to show people that I am still capable of performing in international cricket," he said.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1263109/ill...-me-umar-akmal
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    It's upto him how he wants to be remembered 20-30 years from now.. No one remembers the mediocre batsmen to have played during Zaheer Abbas's time if this was the end of Umar akmals career 20-30 years from now he would be forgotten...

    No one talks about Kambli now and 10 years from now the new generation would not even know someone like lambi existed same would be with Akmal..

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    I am not sure when we will see young super talented players in green color... The last one we saw were Amir and Umar some 8 years ago...You can moan, whine and blame kids for all you like, but to me blame goes squarely to the management, they don't know how to mange(forget about develop) extra ordinary talent.... All we are left to see are useless third grade players... Now the policies are never to bring a talent young guy(well discipline is most important thing, these guys are too hard to mange) in the team, a prefect way to kill whatever is left of this sports in the country


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    He's reached a point in his career now where he needs to perform on and off the field.

    He's been lucky that he's been given many chances in the past. A lot of players got half the chances this guy has had.

    We keep hearing that he's more mature, so it's now time to show it.



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    Akmal hopeful of being called up for England tour

    Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has said he still believes he will receive a call to participate in the national team’s upcoming tour of England, despite him being left out of the Test squad.

    In an interview with PakPassion.net on Sunday, the 26-year-old middle order batsman said he still has hope of being called up for limited-overs format in England. “Well the squads have not yet been announced for limited-overs leg of the tour of England,” he 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].”

    Akmal has represented Pakistan in 111 one-days and 79 T20s in the past.

    However, he was dropped from the squad of 35-man probables to tour England due to lack of performances and disciplinary issues last month by newly-appointed chief selector Inzamamul Haq, who announced that the new selection committee would be stern in matters of discipline.

    Taking a lesson from that, Akmal said that in order to gain selectors’ attention again, he would have to exhibit strong performances wherever he plays and have faith in the meritocracy of the new selection committee.

    “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.”

    Nevertheless, Akmal lamented that the board and the management never showed him the support he needed to boost his confidence on the field.

    “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.”

    The middle order batsman further urged local media to support Pakistani players rather than exploiting their flaws.

    “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.”

    Akmal believed his loss of form is down to lack of confidence in his abilities. The Lahori feels he has not been backed by fans and Pakistani media after his involvement in unethical activities on several occasions.

    “The media needs to stop highlighting every little situation and making a big deal out of it,” he said.

    “Us cricketers have families too and it’s not nice for them to see negative stories being brought up and highlighted in the media.”

    “Our families struggle to cope with controversies which the media seems to thrive on,” Akmal added.

    He said his form would improve if he got enough support from the media in particular. “I would urge the Pakistani media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward,” the 26-year-old said.

    “I need support from the media and if I get that then you will definitely see positive results.”

    The Lahore-born cricketer did not seem happy with current teammates and management staff and said that he missed some former players who had bucked him up in his early days in international cricket, claiming that it helped encourage good performances.

    Talking about his explosive Test debut Akmal said: “My Test debut was a special moment for me. My brother Kamran was with me at the crease when I reached three figures and senior players like Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik were around me and they offered me so much support and guidance.”

    “I cannot express in words just how much confidence those senior players gave me.”

    Akmal believes that for him to perform well, every stakeholder should support him completely. “Confidence for a player comes from your captain, the management, the coaching staff, your cricket board and the media… Us players just need confidence that’s all.”

    The right-hander is currently in England, playing for Leicestershire in the on-going Natwest T20 blast.

    He has scored 86 runs in his four outings for the county side, including a 52 not out in his first match.

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    Take him over garbage like Shehzad any day


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    Quote Originally Posted by Corridor of Uncertainty View Post
    His interview shows he is in complete denial and just spewing platitudes he doesn't believe in.

    Long hard road ahead.
    Responses like these just prove your point....

    “Unfortunately, some quarters have insinuated that I am extremely unfit and not ready to play. This is obviously untrue."

    The guy has the talent - lets see if he can get his head straight....and prove the selectors wrong with hard work and RESULTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    and both without a reply. But to be fair, I think it's better that he said no comment, rather than give answers that may have landed in him in trouble.
    Seems like he's already started using his head.

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    Ah, Umar Akmal.

    Never walks the talk.

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    Pakistan will do well to not select him in any format in the future , this guy does not have the capacity to learn.


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    ive heard this a million times but despite his mental problems we dont have anyone remotely as good as him in odi so keep him as far as test go he is a waste of space


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    The first step should be deactivate his twitter

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    Over hype player, you guys are getting excited for nothing.

    Mark my post down, quote me a year from now, he will still be where he is today.

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    I interviewed Waqar Younis recently and it was interesting to hear what he had to say about Umar and his cricketing philosophy and way of thinking. Coming soon.....



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    He will regress

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    He gets another chance - let's hope he makes it count.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I interviewed Waqar Younis recently and it was interesting to hear what he had to say about Umar and his cricketing philosophy and way of thinking. Coming soon.....
    What happened with this?


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    Umar. I can't wait for coming years. Attiutde needs to be proven in coming months please


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah View Post
    What happened with this?
    http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/sh...t-Waqar-Younis


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    On the one hand we hear he doesn't have problems and on the other hand, he will learn from his mistakes. The 2 statements are contradictory, which is true?

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    Can't be many more chances left for him now and patience will be wearing thin with the selectors.

    Any more nonsense on or off the field and it's farewell.



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    Jazakallah


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    Umar Akmal has been tried many times, he hasn't got it.
    His ratio for scoring is probably worse then Afridi's.

    So much talent in the country and we still go back to tried and tested failures.

    I believe the selection committee needs to be foreign also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricketrenew View Post
    Umar Akmal has been tried many times, he hasn't got it.
    His ratio for scoring is probably worse then Afridi's.

    So much talent in the country and we still go back to tried and tested failures.

    I believe the selection committee needs to be foreign also.
    +1 Need to get rid of him and Shehzad once and for all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricketrenew View Post
    Umar Akmal has been tried many times, he hasn't got it.
    His ratio for scoring is probably worse then Afridi's.

    So much talent in the country and we still go back to tried and tested failures.

    I believe the selection committee needs to be foreign also.
    That isn't factually true, though he did struggle in ODIs for a couple of years prior to being dropped.

    He isn't really a TTF. Averages 27 @ SR 123 in T20Is, which is quite good by our standards.

    Yes, he could improve, yes, he could mature - but if his performances are up to the mark, there is no reason to not select him.

    If there were others that were producing performances at a high level in domestic T20s, they would be given chances - there aren't many atm, thus Akmal gets another lease of life.


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    You should be mature already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    That isn't factually true, though he did struggle in ODIs for a couple of years prior to being dropped.

    He isn't really a TTF. Averages 27 @ SR 123 in T20Is, which is quite good by our standards.

    Yes, he could improve, yes, he could mature - but if his performances are up to the mark, there is no reason to not select him.

    If there were others that were producing performances at a high level in domestic T20s, they would be given chances - there aren't many atm, thus Akmal gets another lease of life.
    There is no 'our standards'
    You know why our cricket regresses? because we make mathematical excuses for it.
    If your best performer is mediocre then by law of averages your total team average is mediocre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose View Post
    There is no 'our standards'
    You know why our cricket regresses? because we make mathematical excuses for it.
    If your best performer is mediocre then by law of averages your total team average is mediocre.
    I am waiting for names of the better performers in the recent domestic T20 tournaments who are being kept out.

    One bad tournament (WT20) doesn't make him ineligible for selection.

    Here are some of the other top performers in the National T20 Cup: Rafatullah Mohmand, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin (SR 115), Shahzaib Hasan (SR 125), Naved Yasin (SR 110), and Saad Nasim (SR 120).

    The first three of those are not selectable. Amin can be selected, but we already have similar players in Babar, Rizwan, etc.

    Latif and Sharjeel's opening spots are secure - so Shahzaib misses out.

    Naved Yasin and Saad Nasim - neither look to be capable of big hitting, though Saad had one big knock, but going by previous performances, I'm inclined to think that isn't the norm.

    The T20 team is too one-dimensional; the T20I against England doesn't change that. Who do you propose we select? Have you seen anyone with potential in the National T20 Cup who should be picked? I've seen a fair few matches - Don't think I've seen any yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    I am waiting for names of the better performers in the recent domestic T20 tournaments who are being kept out.

    One bad tournament (WT20) doesn't make him illegible for selection.

    Here are some of the other top performers in the National T20 Cup: Rafatullah Mohmand, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin (SR 115), Shahzaib Hasan (SR 125), Naved Yasin (SR 110), and Saad Nasim (SR 120).

    The first three of those are not selectable. Amin can be selected, but we already have similar players in Babar, Rizwan, etc.
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    Latif and Sharjeel's opening spots are secure - so Shahzaib misses out.

    Naved Yasin and Saad Nasim - neither look to be capable of big hitting, though Saad had one big knock, but going by previous performances, I'm inclined to think that isn't the norm.

    The T20 team is too one-dimensional; the T20I against England doesn't change that. Who do you propose we select? Have you seen anyone with potential in the National T20 Cup who should be picked? I've seen a fair few matches - Don't think I've seen any yet.
    I was genuinely surprise by Khalid Latif (even though I have reservations about his block or bash method of cricket), maybe there are more there. Recycling proven flops doesn't help. At least not basis one tournament. Btw, they've selected the wrong Akmal. The senior Akmal is mentally stronger than Junior Akmal and that's not saying much.

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    Really need to get over this Akmal the talent fascination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose View Post
    I was genuinely surprise by Khalid Latif (even though I have reservations about his block or bash method of cricket), maybe there are more there. Recycling proven flops doesn't help. At least not basis one tournament. Btw, they've selected the wrong Akmal. The senior Akmal is mentally stronger than Junior Akmal and that's not saying much.
    I thought England bowled too short to Khalid Latif and I don't feel he will be that successful in the long run, but he has earned some chances.

    Anyway, Khalid Latif has actually shown in domestic tournaments that he can hit big, and that he stay at the crease for a little while. I don't see many others.

    The other Akmal is well into the thirties and his last 10 performances for Pakistan were: 12, 13, 81 (against Ireland), 2, 0, 21, 8, 31, 9, 0. Umar, despite his failures, has a much better record in all formats.


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    So no change at all.


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    Seems mature to me.

    Lost his singles and doubles game for block or hitting. It seems our players mature this way over time.

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    He's done.

    Trying him as opener is the last roll of the die.

    Disgusting to see him regress to this extent.


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    Big belly is usually a sign of maturity, most older gentlemen like him have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vandokkum View Post
    Big belly is usually a sign of maturity, most older gentlemen like him have it.
    Thats how a real man looks at peak performance.

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    There's a very clear effort to change but he's being asked to do a job outside his capabilities.


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    I appreciate the fact that he is trying to change his game.

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    There is an Urdu saying "Pait nahi tou sait nahi". Perhaps when Akmal said he would be mature he meant he would be sait sahab and hence got the 'pait' to go with it


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    We'll see a fatter Umar Akmal more like .

    I'm willing to stick with him for now because we don't have many dynamic LO players and also because he is trying to change his game like chief and mamoon have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    So no change at all.
    so what could he do today coming to bat at 9+ required rate?

    This game was lost when Hafeez and Malik failed to put Zampa away for few boundaries to stop the RR going 7+.


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    He needs to be handled carefully. Needs to be encouraged to do good things and discouraged with baby gloves. Not sure about his maturity level.

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    A bit of sympathy for him today as the required rate was over 9 when he came to the crease


    However a strange innings from him.



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    He definitely looks more mature with that added fat in his belly. Sometime back, I saw a video tweet from him where he was working out in a swimming pool and I thought he was really serious to get back to the Pakistan line up. Now I realize that he was just there working out in pool to get some attention and the stunt was just done, so he can capture and post that video on twitter. This guy has absolutely no shame, totally useless and brainless cricketer. I tell you what.. He will never ever become a proper batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    I appreciate the fact that he is trying to change his game.
    How and what is he trying to do diffferently other than waste balls when the RRR is 9+.

    He may have improved his temperament a bit but still cannot improvise based on the match requirements.

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    Interesting, he made his first ever hundred in T20's, 3 months after this interview.


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    By mature he meant getting bigger in size.

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