Umar Akmal and controversy go hand-in-hand. The Pakistan batsman always finds a way to make it to the headlines for all the wrong reasons. He recently made a comeback to the Pakistan team for the first time since 2017. In 2017, Akmal had received a hefty punishment for his outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur.
A Pakistan Cricket Board disciplinary committee had then found him guilty of breaching the central contract and the repercussions soon followed. The PCB imposed a three match ban on him, as well as a Pakistani Rs 1 million fine. To make the matters worse, the PCB also revoked all No-Objection Certificates issued to him for participation in overseas tournaments for two months.
A fine show in this year’s Pakistan Super League then finally helped him make a return to the national team for the five-match ODI series against Australia. However, the controversial batsman has now found himself in trouble again. He has now landed in hot waters for attending a music concert of hip-hop artist Akon. Due to the concert, Akmal was out for late in the night and invited a fine from the PCB.
The PCB on Monday fined the middle-order batsman 20 percent of his match fee for breaking the team curfew. The board also handed an official reprimand for “a late night-out ahead of Sunday’s fifth ODI against Australia”.
Akmal pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised for his actions while accepting the sanction.
“I am glad that Akmal 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,” said Wasim Khan, PCB’s Managing Director.
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Akmal has failed to deliver in his comeback series. He could score only 150 runs in five matches as Australia whitewashed the hosts 5-0.