The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a three-match ban (international or domestic, whichever is first), fined 1 million rupees, and denied No-Objection Certificate to participate in any foreign league for the next two months to Umar Akmal Thursday for his controversial remarks about Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur.
Akmal made headlines last month when he accused Arthur of swearing at him and keeping him out of the national side under a planned scheme after he was refused access to the National Cricket Academy’s facilities.
Following his allegations, the cricket board formed a committee to probe the incident which found Akmal to be in breach of three clauses – 2.2.5, 4.1, and 4.4 – of his central contract and proposed three sanctions which Sethi agreed to impose.
PCB release, which notified about the development, stated the PCB chairman say, “These sanctions had been awarded with a heavy heart but with the hope that it will serve as a precedent for all cricketers, who should be mindful of their obligations and the consequences of their actions.”
Since his debut in 2009, Akmal has remained in the news for wrong reasons mostly. He was fined 50 per cent of his match fees during Pakistan Cup – country’s premier List ‘A’ tournament – along with Junaid Khan earlier this year for misconduct. Captaining Punjab in the five-team tournament, Akmal claimed during the toss that he was not aware about Junaid’s whereabouts which led to a reaction from the bowler.
When he was asked whether his side made any changes for the contest, Akmal replied: "I just found out when I walked into the ground that he [Junaid] is absent. I'm very surprised. The manager and coach told me he's not going to be playing today. As a captain, I am shocked to find this out.”