Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Stop being selfish, Mohsin Khan tells Umar Akmal

KARACHI: Pakistan’s chief selector and interim coach Mohsin Khan has asked middle-order batsman Umar Akmal to “stop being selfish” and work on playing big innings if he wishes to make a successful comeback to the squad.

Umar was dropped for the Test series against Sri Lanka in the UAE and advised to play in domestic cricket.

“There is no doubt over his potential or talent, but Umar Akmal has not done enough to remain in the team,” Mohsin was quoted as saying in an interview in Dubai on Monday.

“Basically, we have given him a message that ‘go and play domestic cricket and learn to play big innings’,” said Mohsin. “He should learn to turn his thirties and forties into hundreds for the team and should stop being selfish.”

Umar has not scored a Test century since making an impressive debut in 2009. He was dropped for the two Tests in New Zealand last year after a lean patch but was recalled for the Tests in the West Indies where he failed to make much impression.

Subsequently, he was dropped from the Test squad against Sri Lanka after scoring only one half-century in 2011.

Mohsin went on to add: “To tell you the truth, I was chief selector when we dropped Umar for the Test series [against Sri Lanka], but even if I had been the coach I would have still dropped him. He would not have found a place in my team.

“It is not my team or the PCB’s team. It is Pakistan’s team and those who are selected must justify themselves no matter how good they are.”—Agencies

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