Akmal, Junaid engage in public spat

Akmal-Junaid engaged in public spat


With the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales hardly one month away, two players elected to represent Pakistan in the event have got themselves involved in war of words against each other. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ প্রকাশ্যে আকমল-জুনায়েদের বাকযুদ্ধ]

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The unwanted scenario emerged when Umar Akmal, captaining the Punjab province against Sindh in Rawalpindi was asked about his team combination.

Akmal first informed that all-rounder Nasir Nazir would be playing in place of left-arm pacer Junaid Khan. [Read also: Ireland determined to take lessons from Bangladesh]

“I just found out when I walked into the ground that he [Junaid Khan] is absent. I am very surprised. The manager and coach told me he is not going to be playing today. It’s a shocking news for me as a captain,” Akmal said.

Within minutes, Junaid released a video message on his social media account from his hotel room. In his message, he expressed displeasure over what Akmal had said.

“I am very disappointed to hear about what Umar Akmal has said just now giving the impression I ran away from this match. The fact is I am dealing with a case of food poisoning and I had informed the team management about this and they were aware of this fact and the team doctor advised me rest,” Junaid said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken notice of the development.

In a press release, it said that a three-member Inquiry committee headed by GM Domestic Cricket Shafiq Ahmed will look into the matter; other members of the committee are Manager and Coach of Punjab Team, playing in the ongoing Pakistan Cup at Pindi Stadium.

The committee will submit its findings in this matter as early as possible.


– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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