Pakistan news May 17, 2017

Umar Akmal, Junaid fined for Pakistan Cup spat

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Junaid Khan was involved in a spat with Umar Akmal after he missed a Pakistan Cup match © Getty Images

Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan have been fined 50% of their match fee for misconduct in an incident related to a Pakistan Cup List A match in April. The PCB had set up an inquiry committee to look into the controversy, which centred around Umar's comments on Junaid's availability for the match, and the committee submitted its report to the board on Wednesday.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed a fine, i.e. fifty percent of the match fee, to Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan for their misconduct at the Pakistan Cup 2017 held last month in Rawalpindi," PCB said in a statement. "The Board has also warned the two players that they will be under observation for a month starting 18th May and reoccurrence of breach of discipline will lead to one-month suspension."

Umar, who captained Punjab in the tournament, was asked about team changes during the toss in the match against Sindh. He stated that Nasir Nawaz had replaced Junaid in the XI. When pressed for reasons, Umar stated he was surprised by Junaid's absence at the ground.

"I just found out when I walked into the ground that he [Junaid] is absent," Umar had said. "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."

For his part, Junaid, in a rebuttal issued through a short video clip, stated he was unwell and had been advised rest, and that the team management had been made aware of his condition. ESPNcricinfo understands Umar was aware of the situation before the toss.

"I am saddened to hear the remarks Umar Akmal made on television, saying 'I ran away from the team'. I have not run away," Junaid said. "I am dealing with a case of food poisoning and the team management is aware of that. 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."

Both players are part of Pakistan's squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • iqbal7861 on May 20, 2017, 16:10 GMT

    how dare PCB suspend Umar Akmal who btw has been "amazing" in every sense of the word. 105 ODIs and 2 centuries, one on debut and the other against Afghanistan, is a testament to the greatness of his stroke play and talent. Heck his suspension should not only be revoked but he should be appointed as the captain of the ODI team and no his family does not have any connections within PCB. This once in a generation player should be awarded the highest civilian honor for his accomplishments, can somebody say future PCB chairman...

  • indicricket on May 19, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    We all know Pakistan has a very talented team but, if Pakistan team wants to do well consistently, the Akmal family should be nowhere near the team.

  • cricfan28857638 on May 19, 2017, 13:29 GMT

    Umar Akmal has proved a failure by cricketing performance and worst by attitude and behaviour. Any how Opening Slot is open with absence of Sharjeel Khan and consistent failure of Ahmed Shazad. Umar Akmal can be tried as Opener and if he succeeds he will be a star again and good for the team. Needs proper counselling about discipline as a Player.

  • Ajju on May 19, 2017, 8:23 GMT

    Azher ali in the team hahaha what a joke

  • Ajju on May 19, 2017, 8:10 GMT

    Plz drop these 2 batsman 4ever

  • shamlaatu on May 18, 2017, 22:58 GMT

    If I was the PCB Chairman, I would ask Umar Akmal to score a century every 3 games or else he will be dropped for good.

  • likeintcricket on May 18, 2017, 22:46 GMT

    I usually don't comment on these small things but since Umar Akmal is mentioned so I would rather comment. He was regarded as most talented in Pakistan for quite some time but apart from few successes he has mostly delivered nothing yet. Yes he has shot making ability but so is most of the other players. He is the most inconsistent player who never tried to learn and he will never learn. He probably be still good for T20 but I am afraid he is not going to deliver again. He should be tried for next 10-15 T20 matches and if don't come up with at least 60-70% success should be abandoned for ever. Junaid has got potential but needs to work on his strength and speed. With a little more power he could become a consistent performer.

  • cricfan61805540 on May 18, 2017, 22:01 GMT

    Every team has some sort of spat between players, especially when you have a few self proclaimed super stars lol - Its part n parcel of the any sport... Akmal shouldnt have said what he did on national tv, but thats pakistan sports for you, lack of professionalism... the PCB need to focus on bigger issues than setting up committees for such incidents!

  • Rehman Ray Saiyed on May 18, 2017, 18:13 GMT

    Lol. imran_abbas saying that Umar Akmal //should be consistently played at number 4 in all formats// is a joke! And saying that bashing Umar Akmal means that we don't know about cricket is ridiculous as well. Please refrain from making a fool of yourself lol.

  • boomboomuzair on May 18, 2017, 17:11 GMT

    @EXPLORER76, It's true that after playing 116 ODIs Umar Akmal has still not proved himself. However, Umar has scored 3044 runs at an average of 34.59 by batting at No. 5 or No.6. This record easily defines Umar's talent. Umar played his last ODI series against Australia in which he didn't got any promotion and he was batting at his usual No.6 position. If Umar is getting used as a power hitter at No.6 then obviously he will lack "consistency and commitment". If Umar bats as a power hitting opener then he will become more consistent just like Sharjeel became. As far as Umar's attitude is concerned, then David Warner had the worst attitude back in 2013. Warner had fights with Mickey Arthur, had fights with different Australian journalists and punched Joe Root. Fast forward to 2017 - Warner has no more attitude problems and he is one of the top batsman in the world right now. Just like Warner, Umar needs correct counselling and attitude management.

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