DUBAI: Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, believes he can revive his Test career despite not having played the format for nearly six years.
Akmal, 26, had made his Test debut at the age of 19 in 2009. He scored a century in his first innings but did not make another one in his next 15 Tests and was not picked again in the format after September 2011. He had scored 1003 runs in 30 innings, with six half-centuries, and averaged 35.82. Akmal was of the opinion that his batting style was suited to the way Test cricket is played presently. “I still wonder what I did wrong and where I went wrong to be dropped from Test side,” Akmal said in Dubai, where he is playing for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL. “They only dropped me saying that I am not suitable for Test cricket because I don’t hold back, which is required in Tests.
“But the approach to playing Test cricket has changed over the years. Now teams score 350 or so in one day and matches hardly go into fifth day.
I was playing the very same brand of cricket, which was actually evolving at that time, but I was dropped because I play fast and not the conventional way.” Agencies
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