Published On: Mon, Jun 6th, 2016

Umar Akmal believes he’ll be called for tour in England

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Umar Akmal

Umar Akmal, Pakistan cricket team’s batsman stated on Sunday that he at present considers that he will get a call to take part in the national team’s imminent trip to England, regardless of him being excluded from the Test squad.

The 26-year-old mid order batsman told that he at present has the optimism of being a call for restricted-overs set-up in England.

He stated that “Well the squads have not yet been announced for limited-overs leg of the tour of England,”

He further added “So for now, I am living in hope like I always do.

Akmal continued by saying that “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 showcased Pakistan in 111 one-days and 79 T20s in the earlier period.

Though, he was going down from the squad of 35-man likely to visit England because of short of presentations and disciplinary problems last month by recently-assigned chief selector Inzamamul Haq, who proclaimed that the new selection committee would be strict in affairs of discipline.

Getting a lesson from that, the 26-year-old told that in turn to get selectors’ concentration once more; he would have to show powerful representations wherever he performs and have confidence in the meritocracy of the innovative selection committee.

He added “I just need to perform, get my head down and score lots of runs in whichever league I am playing in,”

He said that “At the moment my focus is on doing well for Leicestershire and then I will be playing in the Caribbean Premier League” he added, “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.”

However, Akmal mourned that the board and the management never illustrated him the support he required to increase his self-assurance on the field.

He said “Confidence for a player comes from your captain, the management, the coaching staff, your cricket board and the media,”

He continued by saying that “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.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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