Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi has clarified that no player including Umar Akmal will be given any relaxation on the matter of discipline, doesn’t matter how big or talented that individual is.
The remarks of Najam Sethi came after Umar Akmal levelled serious allegations against head coach Mickey Arthur claiming that he misbehaved with him and used foul language.
Akmal said Arthur unfairly chastised him and asked him to leave the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in a confrontation, branding him undeserving. He also accused the head coach of plotting ‘dummy fitness test’ to send him home during the ICC Champions Trophy.
PCB not only strongly refuted Akamal’s allegations, but also served a show-cause notice to him. “While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings. Umar was given as many as seven chances to improve his fitness and match the standards of his teammates, laid out by the team management,” the PCB stated in a press release.
PCB chief expressed his views while addressing a ceremony that was hosted by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars in Lahore, and let it be known that the coaching staff will be given hundred percent support regarding the code of conduct.
Najam Sethi told PCB has concrete evidences against the players who were involved in spot-fixing during the second edition of PSL, and said the anti-corruption tribunal will announce punishments for them in coming ten days.