Un­der scru­tiny Umar Ak­mal de­nies wrong­do­ing

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LA­HORE: Pak­istan’s tal­ented but con­tro­ver­sial bats­man Umar Ak­mal yes­ter­day de­nied any wrong­do­ing in a party which led to his ax­ing from the Twenty20 team for the three-match se­ries against Eng­land later this month.

Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) last week said Umar was in con­tention for the 16-man squad but was dropped over an in­ci­dent in Hyderabad in which he was al­leged to have “mis­be­haved” with women at a party. The PCB has also served a show cause no­tice to the 25-year-old bats­man whose ca­reer has been che­quered with dis­ci­plinary prob­lems.

Umar, younger brother of Kam­ran and Ad­nan Ak­mal who also played for Pak­istan, Mon­day re­sponded to the PCB show cause no­tice.

“I at­tended a din­ner party af­ter be­ing granted of­fi­cial per­mis­sion by my team man­ager,” said Umar in his re­sponse to the PCB no­tice. Last year Umar was jailed in La­hore af­ter he had a scuf­fle with a traf­fic war­den over run­ning a red light.

He was also left out of the team af­ter the 2015 World Cup, with head coach Waqar You­nis com­plain­ing about his in­sub­or­di­na­tion dur­ing the event. PCB chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan last week said Umar would be given an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend him­self. Umar mean­while has la­belled the al­le­ga­tions base­less.

“I am not an­swer­able to any­one apart from the depart­ment I am play­ing for,” Umar told re­porters. “Cricket is my love and I want to rep­re­sent Pak­istan for a long pe­riod of time.” Pak­istan’s Twenty20 cap­tain Shahid Afridi has also re­port­edly backed the em­broiled bats­man, ask­ing the PCB to clear Umar and then re­in­state him in the squad.

Pak­istan play Eng­land in a three-match T20 se­ries with matches in Dubai (Novem­ber 26 and 27) and Shar­jah on Novem­ber 30. — AFP

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