Pakistan news January 9, 2016

Umar Akmal banned from first NZ T20 due to misconduct


Umar Akmal will not be available for the first T20 against New Zealand on January 15 © AFP

Umar Akmal has been slapped with a one-match ban for breaching the PCB's code of conduct, which means he will be unavailable when Pakistan take on New Zealand in the first T20 on January 15.

It is learnt that Akmal did not adhere to proper clothing guidelines during the Quaid-e-Azam final earlier this week, between his team Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and United Bank Limited.

"PCB has informed us that Umar Akmal was handed one-match ban by the match referee last week in Karachi for breach of code" Pakistan team manger Intikhab Alam told ESPNcricinfo. "The suspension applies to the next game regardless of whatever the format and level is, and we are not going to play him in first T20 against New Zealand but he will be available for next games."

Department teams like SNGPL can wear only one logo, which needs to be approved by the PCB, on their uniforms. But ESPNcricinfo understands Akmal was sporting a different one. This constitutes a Level 1 offence - "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match" - according to the PCB's code of conduct.

Akmal had already been warned for a similar offence on two previous occasions in the QEA Trophy, and since this was his third violation the match referee Anwar Khan issued a penalty. Then the PCB extended it to the opening T20 that Pakistan play against New Zealand in Auckland next week.

This is the second series in a row that Akmal has faced scrutiny from the PCB. He was omitted from the squad picked for the T20s against England in November after reports suggested he had been involved in "immoral activity." But he was subsequently cleared of those allegations by the PCB and was brought back into the team.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Syed Ather Ali Zaidi on January 13, 2016, 6:58 GMT

    He will be playing as confirmed by PCB.

  • Glaston on January 11, 2016, 12:46 GMT

    Thank you. As a NZ fan its advantage for us,

  • Rue on January 11, 2016, 11:57 GMT

    Umar Akmal....why? The talent that Pakistan produce, they really don't need to keep going back to this guy.

  • ian on January 11, 2016, 11:25 GMT

    Umar Akmal's behaviour and antics, whether on or off the field, have long been known around the cricketing world. He never does himself any favours. I've always maintained that every international cricketer, like every international traveller, is an embassador for his/her country. Your behaviour / attitude will be noticed and this in turn reflects on your cultural background and roots.

  • Junaid on January 11, 2016, 10:44 GMT

    Umar Akmal is talented we all accept then why selectors & coaches don't use him as opener or come at No 3! If David Warner & Finch can open , then why can't Umar Akmal !

  • Derek on January 11, 2016, 7:05 GMT

    @HAJMAL43 what are the characteristic or measurable which you use to define/classify "graceful players"?

  • Emma on January 11, 2016, 5:09 GMT

    @RIZ81: Well said except one thing, Kohli has NOT gotten rid of his attitude even one bit!

  • Hameed A on January 11, 2016, 4:08 GMT

    it i so common in Pakistan sports or elsewhere that nobody cares for discipline or good conduct.If people like Salman Butt and Asif are continued to be free there will be no improvement in our Conduct overall.We should be severe and uniform in our search for graceful players like Imran Khan.

  • adeel on January 10, 2016, 23:56 GMT

    the punishment for umar akmal is fine after he was warned twice. but the question mark is on PCB really... why ban him for the T20 when he's taken to play in it? surly couldn't he be banned for the next domestic fixture? no sense in taking him and didn't pcb know beforehand that he had breached the rules prior to departure??

  • Farooq on January 10, 2016, 22:28 GMT

    This young man seems to have penchant for getting in trouble. Hopefully soon, he will understand that he is running out of chances and must learn to stay out of news before its too late.

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