Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal made a surprising shock and claimed that coach Mickey Arthur has used ‘poor language’ which abused him at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
Akmal said that the former captain Inzamam-ul Haq and former spin bowler Mushtaq Ahmed were both witnesses to the incident. However, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a show-cause notice is ready to issue to Akmal for breaking the terms of agreement and clauses for players by talking to the media on the issue.
The incident happen when the former reached the Academy for training. In July, Akmal was omitted from PCB’s list of players that received national contracts.
On Wednesday, Akmal said to PTI that “I stand by what I told the media earlier today. Mickey Arthur used first poor language and then abused me. Inzaman bhai and Mushtaq bhai (Ahmed) are both witnesses to this incident at the NCA.”
He said about the incident that took place in the training at the academy. “When I reached there the first Grant and then our physio, Grant Luden refused to accommodate me saying they were only working with the centrally contracted players. I then went to Mickey and he told he was instructed only to work with the contracted players.”
Akmal added, “He then told me to go and speak to Inzamam and Mushtaq. I went to them and spoke to them. They explained things to me about my status and reminded me I had failed the fitness test several times. They advised me to listen to what was being said to me. I said okay and then they told me to go and talk to Mickey again.”
“First he told me what I was doing at the Academy. He then told me I should go and play club cricket. And then he used poor and abusive language. I can tolerate anything but I don’t think anyone has the right to use such language.”
PCB spokesman said to PTI that “He is not a centrally contracted player but he is still bound by clauses governing players even one year after his contract expires. He can’t speak to the media without first seeking permission from the board.”
Akmal admitted that he went to the media because of using ‘bad language’. “I want to know that after I was dropped for the West Indies tour did I complain or blame anyone? I admitted I needed to work harder on my fitness and game.”
“When I was sent from the Champions Trophy which was a humiliating experience for me I didn’t say anything or speak to the media. I only admitted I needed to improve my fitness and I had to do better.”
“I went to England for rehabilitation and remained positive. But today I went to the media because the head coach used bad language and he has no right to do this with any player and I want the PCB to look into this.”