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PCB fines Umar Akmal for late night outing in Dubai during Australia ODIs

Pakistan cricket's enfant terrible Umar Akmal has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and has also received an official reprimand following his late night outing in Dubai after the fourth ODI against Australia.

Umar Akmal, Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, Mickey Arthur
Umar Akmal had an altercation with Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur at the National Cricket Academy last month. (Source: File)

Pakistan cricket’s enfant terrible Umar Akmal has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and has also received an official reprimand following his late night outing in Dubai after the fourth ODI against Australia.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that team manager, Talat Ali had held a hearing at which Umar pleaded guilty and also apologised for his actions.

A video clip emerged on social media showing Umar having a late night outing after Pakistan had lost the fourth ODI in Dubai, following which a debate stirred on whether the batsman had shown indiscipline or his personal life should be respected.

The batsman, who has had a history of run-ins with the establishment and disciplinary issues, was recalled for the ODI series against Australia after showing good form in the Pakistan Super League after having spent nearly two-and-half years on the sidelines.

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Head coach Mickey Arthur, who had a run-in with Umar in Lahore last year, has said that while Umar’s attitude has improved, he needs to work more on his fitness.

PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “I am glad that Umar has realised his mistake and has accepted and apologised for his actions, which were clearly unprofessional and in no way can be ignored or overlooked.

“The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from its players, and this action is a reiteration and timely reminder that any indiscipline shall not be tolerated or accepted.”

PCB Chairman rules out drastic changes after Australia drubbing

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has ruled out any changes in the national selection committee and the team management before the upcoming World Cup, in the aftermath of the whitewash against Australia in the just-concluded ODI series.

The selection committee and team management including head coach, Mickey Arthur is under fire after the disastrous five-match series against Australia, but Mani said the time was not right for making any changes.

“We will assess the performance of the selectors and management after the World Cup,” he said.

“The team management is just not the head coach. It is about all the other coaches and the support staff. Their performances will be reviewed after the World Cup,” he added.

Asked if he was worried about the results against Australia, Mani said the selectors and management had solid reasons for resting six regular players against Australia.

He said some of the players were carrying injuries and pacer, Hasan Ali himself had requested for a break.

“They have been playing non-stop cricket since September and we felt it would be best if the team went fresh to the World Cup,” Mani said.

He said that the defeats to Australia were obviously disappointing but the team had ample matches and practice time before the World Cup.

The selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq had rested captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Hasan, Shadab Khan, Babar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Fakhar Zaman for the Australia series in the UAE where Pakistan were beaten in all five matches.

Mani also said that he doesn’t interfering in matters related to the selection committee and team management.

“But after the World Cup we will take stock of their performances and the future plan of Pakistan cricket,” he said.

Since winning the Champions Trophy in June, 2017, Pakistan has won just 15 ODIs and 12 of those victories included five wins over a depleted Sri Lankan outfit, Zimbabwe and one win each over Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

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Struggling at the sixth position in the ODI rankings, Pakistan is scheduled to leave early for England around April 24 to began its preparations for the World Cup.