I wanted to quit when dropped against Zimbabwe: Umar Akmal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan right-hand batsman Umar Akmal said he wanted to hang his boots when he was denied a chance to represent Pakistan against Zimbabwe in the home series.


“It was my dream to play against Zimbabwe in Pakistan but unfortunately I wasn’t selected and felt like quitting,” said Umar, while talking to a private news channel.

Umar also said that if he is asked to choose one format to play in, he would definitely go for Test cricket.

“I am working hard to make a comeback to Test cricket,” said Umar.

“Whatever I am today is due to school and club cricket,” said Umar, adding that Shahid Afridi has always guided him during tours.

“I was not satisfied with my World Cup performance and I think could have done better than what I did,” he said adding the PCB should arrange some camps for batsmen too.

Akmal said the coaching staff is doing a lot of hard work and the young team is on the right track now.

Speaking about the ODI captain, Umar said Azhar Ali is a very good captain but he had always dreamed of playing under former captain Inzamamul Haq’s captaincy.

Umar further added that quality players are now emerging from the domestic circuit.

“There is a lot of competition in domestic circuit so it is very difficult to make into the national side,” he said adding Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Imran Butt, Raza Ali Daar, Hamza Paracha can represent Pakistan in future.

Talking about the Indo-Pak series, Akmal said the Pak-Indo series should happen as both countries will gain a lot of things and most importantly both countries fans want to see this series.