Akmal blames media for poor performance


Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has hit out at the media blaming them for his poor run of form, and absence from international cricket.

Akmal burst on to the international scene with a brilliant 129 on Test debut, but has since seen his career tainted by controversy and inconsistent form.

The wicket-keeper batsman, who hasn't played a Test since 2011, lashed out at the media in a recent interview with pakpassion.net, saying: "The media needs to stop highlighting every little situation and making a big deal out of it,"

"Us cricketers have families too and it's not nice for them to see negative stories being brought up and highlighted in the media."

"Our families struggle to cope with controversies which the media seems to thrive on."

The 26-year-old has courted controversy with his behaviour on and off the field, and has been subject to disciplinary action on more than one occasion but has called on the media to back him and promised to improve should they do so: "I would urge the Pakistani media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward,"

"I need support from the media and if I get that then you will definitely see positive results."

The tempermental batsman is hopeful that the appointment of new head coach Mickey Arthur will open the door for him to return to the Pakistan team but after his exclusion from the Test squad as well as a recent conditioning camp this seems unlikely.

He remains hopeful though, saying: "Only the squad has been announced ahead of the Test series, so you never know, I live in hope, I always do."

"I just want another chance to perform and to show people that I am still capable of performing in international cricket."

Akmal is currently plying his trade with Leicestershire on the English county circuit and is hopeful that solid performances in English conditions will see him earn a call up to the Pakistan squad.