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Umar Akmal, Pakistan cricket’s bad boy, fights with Junaid Khan; watch video

Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan have forced the Pakistan Cricket Board to open an inquiry into the fight they had during a Pakistan Cup match

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:31 IST
Pakistan cricketers Umar Akmal (left) and Junaid Khan
Pakistan cricketers Umar Akmal (left) and Junaid Khan (Getty Images)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set up a three-member inquiry committee to probe the ugly spat between international cricketers Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan ahead of their Pakistan Cup (National One Day) match.

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

Umar Akmal first informed that all-rounder Nasir Nazir would be playing in place of left-arm pacer Junaid Khan.

“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 Umar 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.

The PCB said its inquiry committee headed by General Manager (Domestic Cricket Affairs) Shafiq Ahmed would look into the matter and submit a report and if necessary disciplinary action can be taken.

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 13:16 IST