Umar Akmal is avoiding social media after a downfall in performance

The Pakistan batsman is having a terrible Pakistan Super League season.

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Social media isn't a boon if you are a sportsperson and going through a tough phase. Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has decided to keep himself away from all the social media platforms after a hard time on the field.

He is rather spending more time with his close to friends and family as he looks to come out of one of the lowest points of his cricketing career.

There was a time when Umar was seen as future of Pakistan cricket. Few even compared his emergence with Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli. However, he couldn't continue his same performance and the talent drowned in last few years. 

Umar doesn't even feature in the 15-member team sheet of his Pakistan Super League (PSL) team, Lahore Qalandars. He was dropped from the side after just 57 runs from five matches.

During a meet and greet session at the Wafi Mall in Dubai, Umar was clear about his ouster from the team. “My best friends, my brothers keep me motivated. My wife has been especially supportive. She boosts my morale, so do my parents. Listening to music, having food with close friends keeps negativity out of my mind,” Umar told Sport360 on Saturday.

“Obviously, I am staying away from social media. I have a team that handles my social media accounts. They just inform me about the positive aspects and don’t tell me anything about negative (remarks).”

Umar, however, is not losing hope and thinking about a comeback with improvement. “I will work on my game after the PSL. Hopefully, there will be an improvement.”


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 12 Mar, 2018

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