Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has been found guilty of breaching three clauses of the players’ code of conduct. Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) inquiry panel has recommended imposing a three-match ban along with a fine.
Umar Akmal got involved in a spat with Pakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur during practice at the National Cricket Academy. Haroon Rasheed, the head of inquiry committee sentenced the penalty to the cricketer. An official of Pakistan Cricket Board in proximity to the matter made the revelations on the condition of anonymity.
“The committee, after interviewing Umar and others, found the batsman guilty of breaching three clauses and it has now sent its recommendations to the PCB chairman Najam Sethi for further action,” commented the anonymous official according to PTI.
Akmal might be suspended for 3 matches and also a fine of 5 million rupees could be imposed on him. The recommendations for the penalty have been handed over to Najam Sethi, the Chairman of PCB and now it’s up to him to decide the fate of the batsman.
“It didn’t reflect on the allegations made by Umar against Arthur. It has found the batsman guilty of breaching the code and left it up to the chairman to decide whether a larger inquiry is required for the allegations of use of abusive language by Arthur. Umar breached three clauses by going directly to the media and criticising the head coach,” the source said.
“The maximum punishment for these breaches is a five-match ban and a fine of up to five million rupees. Sethi also has the authority to reduce the penalties recommended by the inquiry committee,” the official added.
Umar Akmal was once deemed to be the future of Pakistan cricket due to his skills with the bat but he failed to deliver the goods despite getting plenty of opportunities. A string of failures led to his exclusion from all 3 formats and now the spat with the coach could make it even more difficult for him to make a comeback.