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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Umar Akmal working hard in bid to 'remove tag of being suitable only for limited-overs cricket'

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal, who has been dropped from the Test squad for Sri Lanka, has said that he is working hard to regain his place in the team for the longest format of the game.


Akmal said that he was not disappointed on being snubbed from the squad.

"I'm not disappointed. Every cricketer goes through this phase. I'm very lucky to have a chance to play domestic cricket and I'm taking it as an opportunity to improve," The Express Tribune quoted Akmal, as saying.

Pakistan's interim coach Mohsin Khan, who headed the selection committee that axed Akmal, had said earlier that the batsman's Test performance did not justify his talent, and that that he needed to play bigger innings.

Akmal, however, insisted that he was fit for Test cricket, adding that he was trying to alter his 'natural style' to play according to the situation.

"I'm fit for the longer version. I'm working hard so that I can remove the tag of being suitable only to the limited-overs format," the batsman said.

"Players like [Kevin] Pietersen, [Virender] Sehwag and Yuvraj [Singh] play according to their natural style and I do that too. But now I'm trying to change it and play according to the situation. I'm getting help from my coaches and Basit Ali and this will help me immensely," he added.

Meanwhile, Akmal also expressed his desire to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"If I am invited and get the permission to play in the league, then why not? It is a huge event and will give useful experience to me," he said. (ANI)

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