I want to bat at No 4 for Pakistan: Umar Akmal

Published: Sunday, June 5, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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I want to bat at No 4 for Pak:Umar Akmal

Lahore, Jun 4: Talented Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal feels that a promotion in batting order may just help him to perform more consistently in all forms of the game.

Akmal has said that he is keen to bat at No 4 permanently but admitted he will work so that team management is convinced about him batting up the order.

"I feel that No 4 is ideal for me and I am trying to do well lower down the order with an aim to bat higher up the order," Akmal, who currently bats at No 6 both in Tests and ODIs, told the Pakpassion.net website.

"I''m grateful that I am in the team and would bat at whatever position the team requires," said Umar who scored a match winning half-century in Pakistan''s last ODI game against Ireland .

Umar, who has made 988 runs in 15 Tests, at an average of 36.59, said he was focussing on becoming a better Test batsman.

"Test cricket is where I really want to make my name and that format in which I feel I can achieve the most," he said.

"I am still learning the game, but I feel I can definitely make great strides in this format and prove to everyone that I have the skill and temperament to play five-day cricket."

There have been calls to drop Umar from the national team because of his inconsistent form as while he arrived on the international scene with a bang in 2009 he has not been able to follow up on his great start. .


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