Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal was once regarded as the face of Pakistan batting lineup for his attacking approach. However, despite his promising international start, Umar slowly faded away from the cricket scene owing to his controversies.
The 29-year-old last played for Pakistan during the ODI series against Australia in March and again became the subject of criticism after he was fined by the PCB for breaching a team curfew. However, during a recent interview, Umar insisted that the people would find a different person in him now.
“I have changed myself a lot. My family has a big role to play in this. I have not appeared in headlines or social media for the past three to four years. I am trying to focus on my training and cricket now. That is why my focus has shifted from other irrelevant things. You can say that you will see a new Umar Akmal the next time my fans see me. I am trying very hard to curtail my off-field activities. I plan on giving more time to my cricket and training,” Umar added.
He further stated that he is fully available for the national team selection and his first priority is always Pakistan. Speaking regarding his career comparisons with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, he claimed that the difference came down to the support provided by the two boards for their respective players.