Conflict with Umer Akmal Due to misunderstanding, PCB

Conflict with Umer Akmal Due to misunderstanding, PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has described the controversy between the national team batsman Umer Akmal and the National Cricket Academy staff, saying the incident was caused by 'misunderstanding'.

According to a PCB statement, 'the board has completed its proceedings regarding alleged mismanagement during Umer Akmal's fitness test'.

The statement said, "After knowing the stand of all parties, it has come to light that the incident was caused by misunderstanding".

The board states that 'after expressing regret over the incident by Umer Akmal, the PCB made him complain about his responsibilities as a senior cricketer'.

On the dispute with Umer Akmal, the board has clarified that 'the matter is now over, PCB and Umer Akmal will not comment further on the matter'.

Umer Akmal is believed to have caused controversy in the media earlier this month when he along with his brother Kamran Akmal went to the National Cricket Academy for a fitness test where they allegedly abused the staff.

Media reports said that during the fitness test, Umer Akmal went out of his way and misbehaved with the staff, which is expected to ban him from attending the next domestic tournament.

Kamran Akmal termed the matter as a gross misunderstanding.

The PCB said in a statement after the reports that they were fully aware of the matter and were thinking of possible punishment for maintaining the credibility of the game, with Umer Akmal possibly coming to the domestic one. The day can be excluded from the tournament.

Umer Akmal showed excellent fitness in the tests taken at the National Academy before the Champions Trophy but failed to achieve the minimum required standards in the tournament and was sent back to Pakistan.

Pakistan Cricket Board is now focusing exclusively on fitness and head coach and chief selector of the national team Misbah-ul-Haq wants to maintain the same quality at the domestic level, which is why all the provincial teams have their own fitness every quarter. An updated test report must be submitted.

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