Umar submits reply to PCB’s show cause notice

Umar Akmal had accused Pakistan head-coach Mickey Arthur of using abusive language against him in the presence of chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq and national academy coach, Mushtaq Ahmed.

Former Pakistan head-coach Waqar Younus too was criticial of Umar Akmal's attitude and believes he's wasting his talent and career.   -  AP


Pakistan Test batsman Umar Akmal today submitted his reply to the show cause notice issued to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board after an altercation with national team’s head-coach, Mickey Arthur.

Umar apparently in his reply has described Arthur’s behavior as “intolerable” which had forced him to go public with his grievances, prompting the PCB to take actions against him.

Earlier, the 27-year-old had accused Arthur of using abusive language in the presence of chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq and national academy coach, Mushtaq Ahmed.

Umar told the media today that he had no alternative but to make his grievances public after the way he was treated.

“I have been facing problems for the last three to four years and I hope that the PCB investigates the matter properly and my point of view is also heard,” he said, adding that he would accept the board’s decision.

Arthur had denied using abusive language against Umar, who last played in a Test for Pakistan in 2011 and in a one-day international in Australia in January.

Since then Arthur claims Umar has failed several fitness tests and things reached a head when he failed two fitness tests in two days in England after which he was sent back home from the Champions Trophy.

Umar had been recalled to the ODI squad for the marquee event, after being dropped from the team that toured West Indies in April. The wicketkeeper-batsman though claims the tests in England were a dummy to oust him and that he had been cleared by the selectors.

Pakistan’s former head-coach, Waqar Younis who was succeeded by Arthur last year in June has also made it clear that Umar had “issues” which he needed to sort out.

“I had told the PCB he has issues and he has attitude problems. He is lacking in cricket discipline. At times I felt sorry for him because he was wasting his talent and career,” Waqar said on Geo Super channel.

Waqar said the latest incident involving Umar could spell the end for him if he didn’t seek help and drastically worked on his “issues“.

“He will also have to work exceptionally hard and perform extraordinarily in domestic cricket to get back into the team now. I don’t understand what he is trying to do with himself.”

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