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Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has advised batsman Umar Akmal to focus on regaining his spot in the national team.
Akmal has been in hot water on a number of occasions as of late, with the most recent relating to comments he made about allegedly being approached to spot-fix during Pakistan’s match against India at the 2015 World Cup.
Last year, Akmal also accused head coach Mickey Arthur of verbally abusing him and banning him from training at the National Cricket Academy.
With Akmal finding himself in trouble time and time again, Sohail admitted that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) need to have a serious talk with the 28-year-old.
“To me Umar Akmal needs to be concentrating on getting his career back on track and stay away from controversies,” Sohail wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “For that to happen, the PCB needs to really sit him down and talk to him. Here the PCB needs to take the role of the elder in this conversation because things have gone from bad to worse and there is a huge communication gap between the two sides.
“What is happening is that Umar seems to have grievances against the establishment and he is not shy to express them and when he does that, the PCB react angrily. What needs to happen is that the PCB has to explain in clear terms as to what is expected of Umar in terms of his behaviour and his actions.
“He needs to be told that if he does not follow the path laid down for him then he will not be allowed to play for Pakistan. If Umar fails to understand what is expected of him, then the PCB should simply tell him to take up another profession!”