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2015-11-18 14:22:14

Penchant for controversies: Should Akmal be made an example for young cricketers?

umar-akmal-out-of-zimbabwe-tour-after-epileptic-fit-3858Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has again landed himself into trouble after he was issued a show cause notice on Thursday by the Pakistan Cricket Board for unbecoming conduct and bringing disrepute to the game. His latest controversy has already cost him his place in the Pakistan T20 squad for the series against England. PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media in Lahore that an inquiry would be held into the matter and until then Umar would not be considered for national selection. Khan was referring to an incident where Umar and another former Pakistan under-19 captain Azeem Ghuman found themselves in a police station in Hyderabad city after being detained at a ‘Mujra’ party. The details about why the young cricketer was accosted this time are blurred. Little is known beyond the fact that while in Hyderabad, a post-match outing did not go down well with the PCB’s top minders. PCB chief Shaharyar Khan sounded uncharacteristically impatient in one of the initial statements that came out after the action against Umar Akmal. Najam Sethi, another senior PCB official, indicated that whereas the board wanted to investigate the affair, obstacles were being created. As insinuations go, this apparently meant that the player or those around him were concealing something. But events since then have not quite backed that early viewpoint. Mercifully, for a country that can ill afford another scandal involving a national cricketer there has been some show of support for the ever-battling player, who is often accused of cockiness that is not always needed and which can — indeed, has already — greatly harmed his career. This shouldn’t have been difficult to resolve. The PCB needed to avoid overreacting and if it had some serious initial reports that it thought it had to probe, it needed to go about it as quietly as possible before making a public announcement.
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