Islamabad: Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's chief selector and interim coach, has said that Umar Akmal needs to "stop being selfish" and learn how to convert starts into substantial innings in Test cricket. Akmal, a middle-order batsman, was dropped for the Test series against Sri Lanka in the UAE and advised to improve his game by playing domestic cricket.
"There is no doubt over his [Akmal's] potential or talent. But he has not done enough to remain in the team," Mohsin said. "Basically we have given him a message. 'Go and play domestic cricket and learn to play big innings. Learn to turn your thirties and forties into hundreds for the team. Stop being selfish.'"
Akmal began the 2011-12 domestic season by scoring 95, 20 and 165 for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in their first two Quaid-e-Azam trophy matches. On the international circuit, however, he had not scored a Test century since his hugely impressive debut in 2009.