Pakistan news April 30, 2012

I need to bat higher - Umar

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Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, has said he needs to bat higher up the order to covert his double figures scores to three figures. He scored his only ODI hundred three years back in Sri Lanka and has pressed for the chance to make more when Pakistan return to the country in June.

Pakistan's ODI line up is currently in transition with Umar moving around the middle order. He has been tried from No 3 to No. 7 with most of his success coming at No 6, where he has scored 935 runs in 28 matches at 40.65, and at No. 5, where his record stands at 811 in 21 matches at 40.55.

But Umar believes that a rise in the order will improve his record and he is making no secret about his ambition.

"It's a matter of the batting order that I'm not able to score a hundred," Umar told reporters in Lahore. "When I am batting down the order, sometimes I have to bat in a crisis when the top order has stumbled and sometimes I get fewer overs to bat otherwise I have the tendency to score in three figures."

Apart from the first three, Pakistan are flexible with their batting order, sending in batsmen accordingly to the state of the game. Umar said: "If I bat at the top of the order, mainly at No. 4, then it would be easy for me to extend my innings and convert my 30 and 40-odd scores to a hefty innings.

"I am doing all the necessary training with the coaches in the Academy and playing club matches to apply my learning. I am building myself to get ready for the Sri Lanka series where I had a wonderful debut. I am setting my target to be the man of the series."

Umar, 21, scored his maiden ODI hundred in his third match of his career while, on the third day of his debut Test, he hit a century, becoming only the second Pakistani to score a hundred on debut away from home.

He has gone on to play 63 ODIs and 16 Tests so far, but reaching a hiundred has been a rare instance for him since his hugely-impressive debut in 2009. His Test place is still uncertain though has an assured place in limited-over squad.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on May 3, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Younis Khan M Yousaf Azhar Ali & Misbah should play only test matches while Afridi Razzak Umar akmal & Shoaib Malik should play one dayers and Ahmad shehzad Imran Nazir Sohail Tanvir Hammad Azam shud play 20 20 . While Ajmal Hafeez Rehman & M Aamir shud play all 3 formats.

  • Abaa on May 3, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    If someone else said the same thing it would have sounded a lot better

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    The funniest part is how people criticize umer akmal for not delivering....welll look at his stats...he comes at no 5. no.6 and has an average of 38.12 with an strike rate of above 85...well..how many other players in pakistan cricket team have currently higher average than him? only Misbah...that also with a terrible strike rate...so instead of bashing wildly look at the stats first and then look at the scenarios he comes in to play. Mostly he comes at the end of the inning when the team has to utilize the last part of the innings by scoring quick runs....and when u look to score quick runs..there is ofcourse more chances of getting out...on the other hand..when the top order collpase...he is there to rescue.....so one way or the other..he always comes in tense situations...people give example of kohli..well he comes at three and he is well settled when the situation gets tough..so it becomes much easier to play then.but when u just walk into the ground having tough condition..its dif

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Although this was not the way to make the statement, he's right.

  • Afridipak on May 2, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    I think he 's right he needs to bat at n4 in odi at 5/6 in test and at 4 in t20

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Umar needs to bad at number 3 and then Malik should come in and after that should be Yousuf and Misbah and Younis and then Afridi as if the team stumbles Yousuf, Misbah and Younis have so much experience that they can stop it from happening down the order

  • Meety on May 2, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Assuming his age is correct, the kid is 22, has almost 2,000 runs in ODIs at an ave of 38 + a S/R above 85. They are good stats, the kid has talent!

  • dummy4fb on May 1, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    & that totally shows he is not a team man. Make your head work the right way & you will give your team a hell lot of wins at the position you currently are. Umar at the start means, some good overs of batting & then all of a sudden a blast in the upper story & some rash shots will follow & off the ground goes Umar. Story over!

  • dummy4fb on May 1, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    my team for srilanka one day hafiz ,nasir jamshed, Ahmed shahzad ,umer akmal ,misbah, kamran akmal,afridi,ajmal,junaid,umer gul t20 Ahmed shahzad imran naair/nasir jamshed asad shafiq umer akmal kamran akmal hafiz afridi ajmal junaid khan umer gul

  • dummy4fb on May 1, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    umar akmal is only best player in all over the world if umar akmal bat open in onedow or come to crease 2 number then he will be break tendukar record plz umar bat slow and increase u r average and score i like u r batting plz come to crease early and stay for along time

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