Osman Samiuddin is certainly one of my favourite cricket writers, in his latest piece in the National
he proposes the right pathway for Umar Akmal in order for him, and subsequently Pakistan, to succeed in the next part of his development.
He raises some good and interesting points, he also suggests the responsibility to bat up the order for Pakistan would be a good thing. Personally I think number 5/6 would suit Akmal once he gets another opportunity in the Test side, and he surely is too exciting a talent not to get another chance, and fairly soon.
Although if he gets dropped again from his club side, it will not bode particularly well. He needs to develop his building of an innings and should be playing whenever possible in order to help the national side down the line. Although I do think he can help himself more than he has in recent times.