LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) served a show-cause notice to Pakistani middle-order batsman Umar Akmal for violating the board’s code of conduct by attending a dance party, Samaa reported.
According to sources, Akmal had attended a dance party along with domestic cricketers in Hyderabad that drew the cricket board’s ire.
Also, he failed to find a place in Pakistan squad for the three-match T20 series against England.
Chief Selector Haroon Rashid said Umar Akmal was in contention for a place in the T20I squad, but he was not considered following the Board issuing him a show-cause notice.
“Umar Akmal had been penciled in for selection, but he has subsequently been dropped on instructions from the Board, as he has been issued with a show cause notice for bringing PCB and Pakistan Cricket into disrepute,” he said.
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The cricketer would remain out of the team till the inquiry is concluded.
Earlier, PCB Chairman Shaharyar Mohammad Khan approved the 16-member squad following the recommendation of the selection committee.
The series commences on November 26 at the Dubai International Stadium, followed by the second game at the same venue on Nov. 27 and Sharjah on Nov. 30,
Meanwhile, Iftikhar Ahmed has been named as the 16th member of the ODI squad to fill in the slot that fell vacant following Younis Khan’s retirement.
The 16-member T20I Squad:
Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Riffat Ullah Mohmand, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Imad Wasim (Subject to fitness, otherwise Bilal Asif), Imran Khan Junior, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Amir Yamin. –Samaa