Pakistan in West Indies 2013 July 6, 2013

Will give wicketkeeping my best shot - Umar Akmal

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Umar Akmal has returned to the Pakistan side, possibly in the role of a wicketkeeper-batsman, for their tour of West Indies later this month after being dropped for the Champions Trophy. Having donned the gloves in only seven of his 71 ODI matches, he is aware of the difficulty ahead of him.

"I've played a lot of cricket for Pakistan as a batsman and to be handed the responsibility of having to also keep wicket is a tough ask," Akmal said in an interview with Pak Passion. "But sometimes you have to do things outside your comfort zone in sport and, if the selectors, captain and coach want me to keep wicket then I am prepared to do that and to give it my best shot."

"I've always enjoyed batting and fielding," he said. "(But) Bowling and wicketkeeping have never really been in my plans. We had enough wicketkeepers in our household and I was never needed as a keeper when we (Umar, Kamran and Adnan Akmal) practised as youngsters."

Pakistan came away from the Champions Trophy without a single win and their batting, except for Misbah-ul-Haq, was consistently brittle. To deal with this, the selectors dropped out-of-form batsmen Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal from the 16-man squad bound for the Caribbean. In Kamran's absence, Umar has been slotted in as a wicketkeeper-batsman, with Mohammad Rizwan as backup.

"Everybody had an opinion that to pick a side that can explore opportunities, we would need a wicketkeeper who is also a full-time batsman," Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said. "We will be working with Umar to ensure he gets as much practice as he can to become a player who can fulfill both roles. We have seen this with South Africa, this is also what Rahul Dravid did for India years ago. So we need to understand what we are trying to achieve with this and we have to be patient after giving him a chance."

Akmal, who has been criticised for his needless aggression, considered his exclusion from the Champions Trophy as a "strange and surprising decision". His last match-winning contribution was in the World Twenty20 last year, when he played finisher during a chase of 136 against South Africa. He fared poorly in Pakistan's domestic season as well, struggling to 79 runs in six List A matches, which limited his appearance in the national side to only two international matches in 2013.

"It was very disappointing to miss out playing in such a prestigious tournament," he said. "I admit that at times I've played some reckless shots that I didn't need to play, but when you are out in the middle, in front of thousands of fans at the ground and millions watching on television, you want to do your best and entertain, and that sometimes leads to mistakes."

Akmal took his exclusion from the side as a lesson and plans to make the necessary changes to ensure he becomes a permanent fixture in the Pakistan team.

"The Champions Trophy snub was a kick in the groin. Whilst it was a setback, it also made me think about my approach to batting and the changes I needed to make as a batsman," he said. "I think you'll see a more mature Umar Akmal at the crease on the tour of the Caribbean and in the future. I don't think there will be a total overhaul of my approach, style and shot selection, but there will be some changes."

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  • on July 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a great talent, only a bit misdirected, thanks to the management. the guy has all the shots in the book, all the commentators/analysts praise him and his batting style. But you need to develop a batsmen before he becomes a finisher/match winner! he is sent to bat at no. 6, and then they complain that he bats immaturely and takes pressure? thats what happens when you send a youngster at crunch time, when the so-called experienced batsmen have already got out cheaply.

    Just look at what India has done and produced a masterpiece like Kohli, sending him at 3 and giving him time and confidence to bat his way throughout the innings! Thats what we need to do with Umar Akmal, if not, then he'll never be able to understand the game, currently he's treated as a "hitter" not a batsman.

  • on July 8, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Umar Akmal has natural talent. No doubt about that but can't understand the PCB's strategy why putting extra pressure extra responsibility on him. If you have Mohammad Rizwan. Adnan Akmal etc. who are professional Wicket keepers. So why going for Umar Akmal. Any way Umar Akmal is a talented cricketer and I'm sure he will perform his duty diligently.

  • on July 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Team Pakistan needs more players who are capable of breaching the 30-yard circle and reaching the boundary.

  • asad501 on July 11, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    in my opinion the this should be the playing 11 for the first odi against west indies 1. nasir jamshed 2. ahmed shahzad 3. umer amin 4. umar akmal 5. misbah-ul-haq 6.mohammad hafeez 7. shahid afridi 8.wahab riaz 9. saeed ajmal 10. junaid khan 11.mohammad irfan

  • The_Ashes on July 10, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Talent doesn't at all make you great. Its if you can deliver at the biggest stage that counts. Umar Akmal has been an inconsistent batsman always ups and downs. One of the few decent youngsters Pakistan currently has.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 9, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    If we want to improve our standard of cricket we should improve it from the school level. Students could be given full scholarships to universities if they are good in cricket in that way we can find good players.

  • xylofon on July 9, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    I cannot believe that ended up as featured comment. Umar Akmal was far from sent in as a batter at nr 6 all the time. His problem is what he says in the article above that he felt the pressure from the crowd - never a good sign. He is too hotheaded and just wants to copy Afridi. The major way the management didnt treat the situation right was by sending him to bat even after he ruined his wicket by irresponsible shot. That way he didnt have to take responsibility for his actions! That is a HUGE problem within PCB. Favouritsm, nepotism etc. On the other hand a person like Fawad Alam with highest average has to perform twice more than he should have to in order to get a chance. And they dont understand this type of charachter either. You need 4-5 people who perform as a team and one of those individualists, in Pakistans case maybe two. But PCB have failed that and the cost is that we see people like Umar Akmal get the change no matter what he does. VERY irritating.

  • on July 9, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Wi will not be an easy team to beat....the pakistani batsmen have to learn to occupy the crease...

  • on July 8, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Mohammed Rizwan is a brilliant keeper-batsman! So why does Umar Akmal have to take the keeper role full-time? His presence in the field is awesome and keeping might affect his batting

  • azurecharms on July 8, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Important thing, THIS TEAM MUST BE GIVEN CHANCES AND PLAYERS SHOULD HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT THey ARE WITH THE TEAM FOR A LONG HAUL. Both fans and management should show maturity and let players to perform for at least 3 series before making a vedict.

    Umer Akmal, Ahmed Shezad and Umer Amin should be given leeway and chance to play and perform. There should not be democale's sword hanging over them.

  • on July 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a great talent, only a bit misdirected, thanks to the management. the guy has all the shots in the book, all the commentators/analysts praise him and his batting style. But you need to develop a batsmen before he becomes a finisher/match winner! he is sent to bat at no. 6, and then they complain that he bats immaturely and takes pressure? thats what happens when you send a youngster at crunch time, when the so-called experienced batsmen have already got out cheaply.

    Just look at what India has done and produced a masterpiece like Kohli, sending him at 3 and giving him time and confidence to bat his way throughout the innings! Thats what we need to do with Umar Akmal, if not, then he'll never be able to understand the game, currently he's treated as a "hitter" not a batsman.

  • on July 8, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Umar Akmal has natural talent. No doubt about that but can't understand the PCB's strategy why putting extra pressure extra responsibility on him. If you have Mohammad Rizwan. Adnan Akmal etc. who are professional Wicket keepers. So why going for Umar Akmal. Any way Umar Akmal is a talented cricketer and I'm sure he will perform his duty diligently.

  • on July 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Team Pakistan needs more players who are capable of breaching the 30-yard circle and reaching the boundary.

  • asad501 on July 11, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    in my opinion the this should be the playing 11 for the first odi against west indies 1. nasir jamshed 2. ahmed shahzad 3. umer amin 4. umar akmal 5. misbah-ul-haq 6.mohammad hafeez 7. shahid afridi 8.wahab riaz 9. saeed ajmal 10. junaid khan 11.mohammad irfan

  • The_Ashes on July 10, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Talent doesn't at all make you great. Its if you can deliver at the biggest stage that counts. Umar Akmal has been an inconsistent batsman always ups and downs. One of the few decent youngsters Pakistan currently has.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 9, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    If we want to improve our standard of cricket we should improve it from the school level. Students could be given full scholarships to universities if they are good in cricket in that way we can find good players.

  • xylofon on July 9, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    I cannot believe that ended up as featured comment. Umar Akmal was far from sent in as a batter at nr 6 all the time. His problem is what he says in the article above that he felt the pressure from the crowd - never a good sign. He is too hotheaded and just wants to copy Afridi. The major way the management didnt treat the situation right was by sending him to bat even after he ruined his wicket by irresponsible shot. That way he didnt have to take responsibility for his actions! That is a HUGE problem within PCB. Favouritsm, nepotism etc. On the other hand a person like Fawad Alam with highest average has to perform twice more than he should have to in order to get a chance. And they dont understand this type of charachter either. You need 4-5 people who perform as a team and one of those individualists, in Pakistans case maybe two. But PCB have failed that and the cost is that we see people like Umar Akmal get the change no matter what he does. VERY irritating.

  • on July 9, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Wi will not be an easy team to beat....the pakistani batsmen have to learn to occupy the crease...

  • on July 8, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Mohammed Rizwan is a brilliant keeper-batsman! So why does Umar Akmal have to take the keeper role full-time? His presence in the field is awesome and keeping might affect his batting

  • azurecharms on July 8, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Important thing, THIS TEAM MUST BE GIVEN CHANCES AND PLAYERS SHOULD HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT THey ARE WITH THE TEAM FOR A LONG HAUL. Both fans and management should show maturity and let players to perform for at least 3 series before making a vedict.

    Umer Akmal, Ahmed Shezad and Umer Amin should be given leeway and chance to play and perform. There should not be democale's sword hanging over them.

  • roook on July 8, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    India have won the champion trophy because of their 100+ opening stand. Nasir Jamshad is good player but he need to be groomed and should be technical sound. I still thing we have weak batting line up as only misbah averages above 40. Pakistan need to be aggressive against wind indies as they always within their strengths.West Indies has more experienced battling but they crumbled under pressure and pakistan should be aggressive. Aggression is the key

  • huhohuhohuho on July 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Imran Nazir is not a good player he has also failed many times his average is not that good and as for razzaq he is better than afridi and he should have been selected. Lets hope he plays well in t20 cup so that he can be selected.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 8, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @vaseem siddiqi kamran akmal has not been dropped not only because of his performance in the ct he has been dropped because of his previous performances as well. he has dropped over 90 catches because of which we have lost over 45+ matches. Examples are the the sydney test, the semifinal of 2011, the sa vs pak series, the ct match vs west indies there is a whole list. We have also lost 20+ matches because of his batting. He averages 26 with the bat in odis and 30 in test matches. That is not the average of a specialist we should give rizwan a chance he is a batsman who averages 44 in 1st class and is a great wk.

  • xylofon on July 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Lets not forget why Akmal got out of the playing eleven in the first place. He played horribly for Pakistan many many times and they still kept picking him for matches. Bigaar diya.

    Just because the others didnt perform does not mean that Umar should have gotten the chance. His problem is irresponsible shots when risky shots arenĀ“t even needed.

    And dont try to be Afridi. Even Afridi being Afridi is tough on bith him and fans. ; )

    People will always see through you and the general public knows what kind of person Kamran and Umar are. Dont listen to Kamran too much. Just perform and people will accept you for your performances.

    Umar says we will see a more mature Umar this time. There is only one way to prove that.

  • on July 8, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    UMAR AKMAL is a great batsman. In fact, he is much better than the ones sent back after champions trophy failure. He was supposed to be a permanent member of Pak Team in 2 formats at least. Pakistani team needs to do such changes and this may be the first good move. We need to have more good All-Rounders with maximum fielding practice of all the team. Dropping caches and converting caches into fielding can do major part for loosing a competitive match. Pakistan may do well by including quality players as Batsman such as IMRAN NAZIR, RAZZAQ, AFRIDI as two of these can bowl while 2 are good fielders also. These are good choice for T20 and One-Day. The team for TEST may be selected from the best we have. A lot of good talent is available in Pakistan and can be explored through continuous Training Camps in different cities.

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    i love umar akmal & boom boom shahid afridi

  • Jawad37 on July 8, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    It's a very good decision by PCB to give Umar the gloves, as it will improve the balance of the side greatly. Days are gone, when you needed a specialist Wicket Keeper in one days, now you need ur keeper to be a very good batsman too & Umar fits in the role perfectly. Best of luck team Pakistan, best of luck Umar Akmal.

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    I think the think tank of Pakistan cricket lack brains. It is a big mistake asking Umar Akmal to be a wicket keeper. Kamran Akmal should still have been included in the squad as wicket keeper / batsman as he still seems the best in this role. I do not believe it was Karam Akmal's fault that TEAM PAKISTAN did so poorly in Champions Trophy. He batted down the order and came into bat when there was enormous pressure on him due to top order failing consistently. The selectors were right to drop Malik and Farhat and they should also consider batting Hafeez number 6 or 7 as he is a liability top of the order and cannot perform against top quality new ball bowling. Furthermore, I still do not understand why selectors are still persisting with Asad Shafiq as in my opinion he is not an ODI player. I rather have Azhar Ali in the side who is good against top quality new ball bowling as now there are two new balls used in ODIs. Afridi should also not be in the team, I expect him to flop again.

  • on July 8, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Pakistan are making a much stronger side, but we have to be patient, it is better they make mistakes now than in the world cup

  • DataQue on July 8, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    @Kingsland & Nasar Pathan: I agree that Afridi should be the captain of ODI and I hope he does after this series. Also, Abdul Razzaq & Imran Nazir should be in the ODI/ T20 team!

  • riz309 on July 8, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    One spilled catch and there goes the match and the series what's wrong with PCB why they keep on making the same mistake over and over again we need a professional keeper behind the stumps if they not gonna try new talent when needed then how can they form a solid team this is the time to get a new keeper so give the kid (Mohammad Rizwan)a chance and please let him play the whole series it's better to loose the series with some new talent then loosing it with the same old tried and tested player's the PCB should have done that at the beginning of this year when Pakistan went to visit SA by now we had figured it out who can bat and be a part of this team

  • aqkhan68 on July 7, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Afridi is Real lion and bold Captain, we do not need Captain who is cause of too many matches lost because of him as player.

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    He is a star.. Admit it people.

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    umar akmal is a very talented and good batsman in pakistani squad he should bat as an opener or should bat at one down he is a quality batsman batting @ number 6 and having an average of 38 is absolutely brilliant and InshaAllah he will Improve as a wicket keeper as AB devillers

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    insha allah pak will won the series...

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    This man had attitude problem...no dearth of talent. Being a young man and I guess "immature" nature with Afridi in the side a "show boy himself" he is unlikely to grow mature. Will the pressure of his elder brother make him succumb or not I guess it will not bring out the keeper batsman in him. At present he has come to saviour the role of keeper batsman....will fail in both . Give him some more rest and bring him as a specialist batsman. Dont waste his talent.Bring a specialist keeper

  • Crick_Expert on July 7, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    AFIRIDI, Razzak should be back in PAK Team.

  • Crick_Expert on July 7, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. tuktuk, Professor, Umar Umin, Asad Safiq should be out from PAK team.

  • Crick_Expert on July 7, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    PCB gave a lot of chances but Umar Akmal never showed any match winning pose. PCB should look around and find batsmen from Number 1 to end.

  • Crick_Expert on July 7, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    AFRIDI is LONE KING of ODI/T20 game, he should be PAK team CAPT.

  • on July 7, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    PCB should eliminate afridi from pak cricket team and give chance to Abdul razzaq .

  • on July 7, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    The current team selection for Westindies tour is not that good.

    Kindly Include ABDUL RAZZAAQ,IMRAN NAZIR into the squad.

  • Solid_Snake on July 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @sherishahmir->Sorry to say but i dont agree..Umer Akmal is a good player no doubt but when he is in the ground,there is no IPL,PCB managment or anything else out there except this guy's talent.He is a professional player & he need no IPL to prove himself.If he isnt performing,he himself is to be blamed.What has PCB or IPL or anything else has to do with a player who isnt performing while in the ground?U.Akmal was given chance after chance & still is being given chances.I am a Pakistani but there is a night & day difference between Kohli & U.Akmal.Being Aggressive & being Aggressive+match winner are different things.Afridi is also Aggressive,So what help we get from from his aggression?We rarely get any help & that's sad

  • wrenx on July 7, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Making Akmal keep suggests Whatmore is going to do the same old thing and will make him bat at 7 a pinch hitter. Start treating him like proper batsmen and put him up the order, and we should see the silly shots and approach to batting fade away as he builds proper innings

  • golgo_85 on July 7, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Really early on in his career, when he was playing one good innings after another, the selectors kept putting pressure on U Akmal as if he has to be the only responsible batsman in the team when others weren't backing him up. When he did fail to perform in every match, he was dropped labelling him reckless as if the other so called seniors weren't! He came back to play some uncharacteristically restrained knocks, didn't really make any impact. You can't do that to someone like U Akmal. Pak must let him play his natural game and stop scapegoating him everytime team lose a match. His technique is far better than Kohli's but Kohli had a thinking management behind him who have backed their youngsters all of their careers and have stood by them, groomed players according to the void some seniors may have left. Misbah and PCB have absolutely no faith in youngsters, they insist on living in the past. If this was any other team, Umar, Shehzad and Hammad would've had established careers by now

  • Stark62 on July 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Shamshad Nabi Umm...

    Umar Akmal averages 48.94 in FC, which is the third highest average (behind Fawad and Harris) among the young crop, so how can you say his technique is flawed?!?!

    There is no issue with his technique or even with the short ball, his only problem is his shot selection. If he were to select the shot according to the situation, then he would have been the worlds top batsman right now.

  • on July 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Umar Akmal isa greatly overrated batsman . His problem is has very poor technique and other cricketing countries have by now discovered his weaknesses as they have of Afridi . They both will be discarded once again after theWI Tour for poor performance . PCB will then bring back Hoaib Malik , Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal . All PCB knows is keeping a band of about 25 players playing a game of musical chairs . There is no genuine Team rebuilding and giving chance to new talent .

  • kbilgrami on July 7, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Umar Akmal is not a wicket keeper....he may keep wickets for 20-25 overs as part-time if your main keeper is injured during the match but he should not be given this responsibility as preferred option. Just read his comments in this article. He is reluctant to keep wickets yet he is afraid to say that he doesn't want to. If wicket-keeper batsman was the plan, they should have persisted with Kamran as an opener who, in my opinion, is better batsman than Umar Akmal. Rizwan should keep wickets and Umar should concentrate on his batting. He has a lot to prove as batsman and this dual reponsibility will make it even harder for him. Best of luck to Umar....but I am afraid he needs more than luck to cross the line !

  • huhohuhohuho on July 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Rizwan should be given the wk place as he is a professional we can't afford another kamran.

  • sachinisawesome on July 7, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @ sherishahmir In terms of talent Rohit Sharma is the best batsman in the world but what u need is a good head. Pace the innings. At the end of the day what matters is runs and did they help the team cross the line. I don't think Umar has that. He is always too excited which is a surprise. How can people like Umar akmal and sreesanth go on to play for their country when they can't control themselves. People might say Kohli is also very aggressive but he knows how to control it. The way u react in front of the whole world while playing. People like Andre Nel, Sreesanth and Akmal should first learn to control their aggression and use it to become better players.

  • on July 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    well i hope they do try M rizwan. Umar may not be a good full time keeping choice. He can be tested in t20s but for odi they should check what rizwan can offer. WI tour may be hard but its not that big series . they should give full chances to test rizwan,hammad, haris sohail.

    I hope umar has learned his lessons. You should not play to entertain crowds. you have to do you primary job 1st and that is to play for team according to situation.The answer to his exclusion from CT is given in article , his performance in domestic event before CT.

  • on July 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    I believe Umar Akmal is been wasted by the management and their false decisions primarily. Had he been playing up the order at number 3 or 4, his stats would have been much much better. People criticize him for making no inroads higher scores, but how would he be able to score while coming at number 6? Umar Akmal at 4 and Asad at 5 are a proper future of Pakistan with on Number 3, Hafeez can cope up with the responsibilities till off late this decade. We have good openers in Ahmed Shehzad and Awais zia to play with Nasir Jamshed..so this makes it a proper combination of top 5 after Younis, Misbah retirement. Then we have Hammad Azam to come at number 6 and a good keeper like Jamal Anwar or M. Rizwan can take 7th berth with bowling never an issue for Pakistan. So I believe its all about managing the available resources optimally and Pakistan will be back on winning track

  • sherishahmir on July 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Personally Umer Akmal (UA) and V Kohli r of same caliber players in terms of talent and aggression, unfortunately due to problems of cricket in Pakistan(i.e.lack of international cricket, participation in IPL and ill management by the PCB management in channelizing real talent in team r reasons). U Akmal needs to learns from his mistakes, he got all features to be a top batsman of the game, only needs to be matured enough in his approach and plays according to the situation demands. Hope this time he would learn from past mistakes and be able to cement his place in the side on permanent basis for future. All the Best to UA.

  • on July 7, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    He needs to calm himself down, he looks like a case of "Over-Enthusiasm" which can be good if controlled well. He is a talented youngster, but someone needs to talk to him and make him understand that he needs to put a heavy price on his wickets. Wish him good luck, a fan from India.

  • on July 7, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Though i am from the other side of the border but am a keen follower and fan of Pakistan Cricket Team.

    In my view it has been fairly a good selection with exception of two spots.

    1. Shahid Afridi has been one of favourite player from Pakistan but it is high time they found a new spin bowling-hard hitting player. The selectors need to pick a player like Hammad Azam to fill the void created due to fading of superstars Afridi and Razzaq. Mind you if age was there side i would directly pick Afridi,Razzaq,and Younis Khan but now we must move on.

    2. Instead of mar Akmal i would have gone for either Azhar Ali or Ahmead Shezad and give Md. Rizwan a long hope as he seems to be a solution to this long wicket keeping solution.

  • Legaleagle on July 7, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Umar Akmal is Pakistan's Rohit Sharma- he has been given plenty of opportunities but have not proved his worth. This should be his last chance to play for Pakistan. How much time this player need to start performing? His attitude is his biggest problem.

  • Dark.Matter on July 7, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    WK is not his job. He might find it hard as he was in the past. I like his batting, and that's more than enough for him to get selected. But, seriously, PK have more superior openers than him. AB develiers required almost 3 years to become a successful make shift WK, and I think that he is still a make shift WK, who fail in pressure situation. So, PK should learn from his example.

  • on July 7, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Pakistan batting order should like this . 1, Nasir 2, Umar 3, Ahmed 4, Hafeez, 5 Misbah 6, Asad 7, Amin 8, Wahab 9, Ajmal, 10, Junaid 11, Irfan.

  • Gowza on July 6, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Although i tend to shy away from full batsmen playing the role of wicket keeper batsman this could be a blessing in disguise for umar. they're more likely to keep giving him chances if he's doing the wicket keeper batsman role and this will give him further chances to solidify his spot in the Pakistan team, otherwise he may have had a long drought of selection. though given his age, performance and potential there's no doubt he should be a permanent fixture in the ODI side anyway, but hopefully this will give him some maturity and open up more opportunities in the longer format.

  • Jda123 on July 6, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Will be interesting with his WK role now for this tour, he wont become no Ab De Villiers or Dhoni but as far as the CT goes he had a poor performance in the domestic tournament and he didnt deserve to be in the 15 man squad but also other players did deserve to be in it and were not.

  • on July 6, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Umer Akmel is a very good batsman no dout about that but the time he comes to play he has too score quick runs becoz the inings runrate at that time is always around 3.5 per over so he tryies to play big shot and gets out after msking 30 odd runs.I always think that your main batsman should bat at no 3 and even now he is way bettet than Haffez.batting at no 6 is not his place he is a proper batsman should be given a chance at no 3.he can play fast bowling, he is a good runner and on under 19 he use to open the batting for pskistan.pak should try this combition for atleast this series 1 Jamshed 2 Shazad 3 Umer akmel 4 Ashad shafiq 5 Misba ul haq 6 Harris sohel 7 Haffez 8 Saeed ajmal 9 Asad ali 10 Juned 11 Irfan I gurentee you they can do wonders.if asad shafiq is rested than afridi comes at 7 and haffez or harris sohel goes at 4.pak need atleast 7 proper bstsmen.

  • Desihungama on July 6, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Frankly the statement from Umar Akmal that CT snub was strange and surprising does not bode well just for the fact he has not learned a thing or two during this absence. He is basing his statement on the shoddy performance of his teammates but never merited his own place either.

  • ilililililililililililililx on July 6, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Pakistan has failed in recent times because they find pressure in simple situations. We loose a wicket then the next 5 overs are maidens. Following in another wicket loss. If we have free and confident players like the Akmals they can release pressure and influence the players around them to join in. Our sides Strike rate : average it terrible. The only players who this dooes not apply to is U.Akmal and Misbah. Let him be free. Let him play how he wants. He is a match winner for the future.

  • gsingh7 on July 6, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    let umar play his natural game and he can u series on his batting alone. wk job might decrease his batting skils . let him play as batsman alone and he will win all matches on his batting alone.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 6, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Umar akmal scored 79 in 6 matches and sohaib maqsood scored 427 in that tournament with an average of over 70. How did akmal get selected and sohaib did not how is this good selection.

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on July 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Take my words folks: "Wicket Keeping role will prove to be a blessing in disguise for Umar Akmal and he will do wonders from now on...!"

    Explanation: What I'm predicting is that he will actually go on to become another great in the cricket history who would take keeping gloves with him as an influence.

    This may happen due to his assumption of a) getting another chance before he will have gifted with long drought in his career, b) fans' expectations and c) critics aren't too far away:)

  • Cricketfan101 on July 6, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    umar akmal is a big slogger

  • on July 6, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    let's hope. he exhibits his aggression along with mental aptitude.

  • Jadejafan on July 6, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Umar Akmal is an ordinary player.

  • balajik1968 on July 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal needs to finally show some maturity. When I first saw him on the telly in NZ, I thought "Wow". Since then he has been disappointing. Part of the fault is also the muddled thinking of the Pakistan management. They should play him at 3 and tell him what they expect, to play long innings. He is good. If Pakistan gave him some clarity, he could become a great. But he needs to go out and do it. And by the way, Pakistan should find a way to take the keeping gloves away from him.

  • on July 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Why would someone who scored only 79 in 6 domestic games be even selected for the national side? The guy is definitely out of form and its time to give others a chance. Surely Pakistan has a lot of in-form youngsters dying to play.

  • asraruwant on July 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I Firmly believe that with proper mental coaching and Nothing else, Umar Akmal has all the ingredients to be the Virat Kohli of Pakistan. The problem is Not his ability its the way he thinks about the game and approaches, the way he needs to handle fame, the way he needs to forget that millions are watching him on T.V when he is batting. He should be taught to train his mind to concentrate on his game according to the match situation and not think about the people watching him. A few sessions of proper and professional mental training and MARK my words he can become Pakistan's Kohli And yes he should play as a Batsman only. Selectors must tell him that they believe in him, that they rely on his batting. Assure him of his place in the team let him play with a free spirit.Tell him that he is good enough to be in the team just for his batting alone then see how he will change. Playing him as a WK is like telling him that his batting alone is not good enough which will hurt him mentally.

  • Solid_Snake on July 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Man..This is such a Pain..We are going through a time where we have to rely on a part timer to do the wicket keeping job.He simply is robbing M.Rizwan from playing in the main team.LEt them both play but give wicket keeping to Rizwan.U.Akmal is a terrible when it comes to keeping.I dont know if i dont know any thing about cricket or our Coach & staff is out of their minds

  • vish_ji on July 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    this is not going to work.. this can only work when you have few solid batsman and weak bowling... pak has got good bowling attack and weak wicket keeping will make bowlinh look weak...you cannot give a quality batsman another chance.. pak already weak in chasing and batting... this is blunder

  • MaruthuDelft on July 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Umar Akmal the world's most talented batsman; can easily be the next Viv Richards; but something is not clicking; if it clicks just him alone is enough for Pakistan to win Test series, ODIs and T20s. I am not happy with him being burdened with WK duties.

  • on July 6, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I believe be he will a better choice than kamran akmal.Since batting is a weakness we can introduce another batesman now.we need a hard hitting opener like awais zia and need to groom haris sohail.Shahzad should definitly play ODI and T20.

  • uzairamir on July 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    well i would suggest that mohammad rizvan should be made keeper because of the extra burden of wicket keeping umar akmals batting capability might decrease and we might end up making another kamran akmal who is inconsisitent with both bat and gloves

  • Chaudry_Cricket on July 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    You can clearly see umar akmal wants to be in the outfield and not wicketkeep ..... I think to make him wicketkeep in t20 is ok but not in odi. In odi we should let mohammad rizwan have a long run as w.k. But I hope umar akmal performs consistantly and shut his critics up once and for all. But for a batsman who comes in at number 6 and averages 35 with a strike rate of 80 + I dont understand why he is criticized. Yeah he does at times play a reckless shot but he usually comes when were 5 down with 100 on the board and around 5 - 6 overs left. And he is not mentally weak the inning against australia in 2011 w.c, the asia cup match against sri lanka, the t20 innings against australia prove that he is not mentally weak

  • Chaudry_Cricket on July 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    You can clearly see umar akmal wants to be in the outfield and not wicketkeep ..... I think to make him wicketkeep in t20 is ok but not in odi. In odi we should let mohammad rizwan have a long run as w.k. But I hope umar akmal performs consistantly and shut his critics up once and for all. But for a batsman who comes in at number 6 and averages 35 with a strike rate of 80 + I dont understand why he is criticized. Yeah he does at times play a reckless shot but he usually comes when were 5 down with 100 on the board and around 5 - 6 overs left. And he is not mentally weak the inning against australia in 2011 w.c, the asia cup match against sri lanka, the t20 innings against australia prove that he is not mentally weak

  • uzairamir on July 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    well i would suggest that mohammad rizvan should be made keeper because of the extra burden of wicket keeping umar akmals batting capability might decrease and we might end up making another kamran akmal who is inconsisitent with both bat and gloves

  • on July 6, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I believe be he will a better choice than kamran akmal.Since batting is a weakness we can introduce another batesman now.we need a hard hitting opener like awais zia and need to groom haris sohail.Shahzad should definitly play ODI and T20.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Umar Akmal the world's most talented batsman; can easily be the next Viv Richards; but something is not clicking; if it clicks just him alone is enough for Pakistan to win Test series, ODIs and T20s. I am not happy with him being burdened with WK duties.

  • vish_ji on July 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    this is not going to work.. this can only work when you have few solid batsman and weak bowling... pak has got good bowling attack and weak wicket keeping will make bowlinh look weak...you cannot give a quality batsman another chance.. pak already weak in chasing and batting... this is blunder

  • Solid_Snake on July 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Man..This is such a Pain..We are going through a time where we have to rely on a part timer to do the wicket keeping job.He simply is robbing M.Rizwan from playing in the main team.LEt them both play but give wicket keeping to Rizwan.U.Akmal is a terrible when it comes to keeping.I dont know if i dont know any thing about cricket or our Coach & staff is out of their minds

  • asraruwant on July 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I Firmly believe that with proper mental coaching and Nothing else, Umar Akmal has all the ingredients to be the Virat Kohli of Pakistan. The problem is Not his ability its the way he thinks about the game and approaches, the way he needs to handle fame, the way he needs to forget that millions are watching him on T.V when he is batting. He should be taught to train his mind to concentrate on his game according to the match situation and not think about the people watching him. A few sessions of proper and professional mental training and MARK my words he can become Pakistan's Kohli And yes he should play as a Batsman only. Selectors must tell him that they believe in him, that they rely on his batting. Assure him of his place in the team let him play with a free spirit.Tell him that he is good enough to be in the team just for his batting alone then see how he will change. Playing him as a WK is like telling him that his batting alone is not good enough which will hurt him mentally.

  • on July 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Why would someone who scored only 79 in 6 domestic games be even selected for the national side? The guy is definitely out of form and its time to give others a chance. Surely Pakistan has a lot of in-form youngsters dying to play.

  • balajik1968 on July 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal needs to finally show some maturity. When I first saw him on the telly in NZ, I thought "Wow". Since then he has been disappointing. Part of the fault is also the muddled thinking of the Pakistan management. They should play him at 3 and tell him what they expect, to play long innings. He is good. If Pakistan gave him some clarity, he could become a great. But he needs to go out and do it. And by the way, Pakistan should find a way to take the keeping gloves away from him.

  • Jadejafan on July 6, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Umar Akmal is an ordinary player.