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PCB issues Umar Akmal show-cause notice
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PCB issues Umar Akmal show-cause notice

The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a show-cause notice to Umar Akmal Thursday for breaching the board’s code of conduct. Akmal has seven days to file his response.

The middle-order batsman made headlines a day before after he accused head coach Mickey Arthur of insulting him in front of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Akmal had been in England to work on his knee injury for a month. Upon his return to the country, the middle-order batsman went to the National Cricket Academy to avail the facilities, but according to Akmal no coach wanted to work with him.

“When I asked why all those international coaches didn't want to work with me, they responded that they wanted to prioritise working with players who had central contracts,” Akmal said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“I said that I too am an international Pakistan cricketer, and if my fitness is lacking - and I admit that along the way my fitness has been found wanting - they should help me.

"I then went to talk to the chief selector (Inzamam), but he referred me to Mickey Arthur. Arthur took me back to Inzi bhai's room and started scolding me and using bad language in front of Inzi bhai, which I found demeaning and insulting. It's not even my fault, and I find it painful that anyone should be allowed to swear at me. I accept my fitness isn't up to the mark, and I am trying to work on it, and I asked to be allowed a trainer to help me. But Mickey said I shouldn't even have come to the NCA, and should be playing club cricket instead."

However, NCA head coach Mushtaq Ahmed has been reported to have said that Arthur only tried to motivate Akmal and he never insulted him.

In his recent press conference, Arthur had talked about his intentions to continue zero-tolerance policy on fitness. When asked about Akmal, the South African revealed that the middle-order batsman had failed seven fitness tests.

The 27-year-old was booted out of the Champions Trophy squad just a week before the tournament for failing two fitness tests in two days. He also missed the tour of West Indies for being the only player, out of the total of 31, to fail fitness test.