Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan were fined 50 per cent of their match fees - of the Punjab versus Sindh contest - for their misconduct during Pakistan Cup last month. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had set up a committee to probe a controversy that arose during the five-team tournament in Rawalpindi after Akmal, captain of the Punjab side, revealed that he did not know about Junaid’s whereabouts during toss.
"I just found out when I walked into the ground that he [Junaid] is absent,” Akmal had said when asked about the team changes. “I'm very surprised. The manager and coach told me he's not going to be playing today. It's shocking news for me, as captain.”
Junaid, who has played 89 international matches for Pakistan, issued a rebuttal in a video-message from his hotel room. He said: "I am dealing with a case of food poisoning and the team management is aware of that.”
"I am saddened to hear the remarks Umar Akmal made on television, saying 'I ran away from the team'. I have not run away. In fact, I was advised by the team doctor not to play today. Umar Akmal knew of this, and it was a shock for me to hear him say what he did, and I don't know why he said it."
In his three matches during the tournament, Junaid bagged only one wicket. Akmal scored 113 runs in four matches, with his 77 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being the highest.
Both players are in the UK for the ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan begins their campaign on June 4 against their arch-rivals India.