Umar Akmal in hot water again


Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has earned himself the ire of the PCB yet again after he slammed coach Mickey Arthur in a public outburst.

The Pakistan Cricket Board have responded by serving Umar with a ‘show-cause’ notice, to which he has seven days to respond.

The batsman was sent home from the Champions Trophy after failing two fitness tests ahead of the tournament.

It has been reported that his fitness has been an issue for some time leading to him being excluded from the PCB’s contract list.

Umar admits that his fitness is an issue but took offense with how Arthur spoke to him at the National Cricket Academy.

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The 27-year-old told a press conference on Wednesday: “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.”

Arthur has been blunt on the subject of Umar saying he failed numerous fitness tests and has to earn the right to use PCB facilities.

The coach told ESPN Cricinfo: “I did tell him a few home truths and said he was always looking for excuses instead of looking at himself.

“I also told him that he had to earn the right to use our support staff because he is not a contracted cricketer. He can’t just walk in here and demand what he wants.”