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Umar Akmal escapes PCB ban for fitness test banter


Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has escaped a ban from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for allegedly losing his temper and making unwanted remarks to a trainer during a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore last month.

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Umar failed the ‘Body Fat’ test and with sheer frustration, took off his shirt and shouted ‘Chorbi kaha hain?’ (Where is the fat?).

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Subsequently, the trainer reported the incident to head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq who hold an  inquiry later on.

After the inquiry, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) termed the matter as a ‘misunderstanding’ and spared Akmal for the misbehavior.

“Umar Akmal has offered his regrets for his actions and the PCB has reprimanded him and also reminded him about his responsibilities as a senior cricketer,” the PCB said.

“The matter is now closed and the PCB and Umar Akmal will offer no further comments,” the statement concluded.

His elder brother Kamran Akmal also stood beside his brother earlier on and disclosed the issue as a mere misunderstanding.

The 26-year old Umar last played a Test for Pakistan in September, 2011. He appeared in a T20 International against Sri Lanka in Lahore last October.

 

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