Pak spinner Ajmal accused of fraud, Akmal banned for flouting dress code
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been accused of fraud and misuse of facilities by the administration of the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad.cricket Updated: Jan 11, 2016 08:30 IST
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been accused of fraud and misuse of facilities by the administration of the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad.
The administration has ordered him to immediately vacate the land given to him to establish his cricket academy.
The varsity administration claimed on Saturday that Ajmal had charged admission fees of 15,000 from one student to join the academy and over 350 students became members.
“He has not given any details of the nearly 5.3 million rupees (Rs 33.7 lakh) he collected from the students, he has tried to forcibly occupy the land we gave him for the academy and he is now refusing to vacate it,” an administration official claimed.
The dispute between Ajmal and the varsity administration has taken a turn for the worse since last year when he was asked by the varsity syndicate to vacate the premises and wind up his academy due to security reasons.
“I thought this matter was resolved on the intervention of the government last month and I held several meetings with the administration officials in the presence of the commissioner of Faisalabad,” Ajmal told PTI.
“We had agreed amicably to settle all issues and that they would allow me to continue operating my academy which I have built with my own resources so that I could repay everything I have earned from cricket,” Ajmal said.
“Now, apparently, they are making accusations against me, but I earned so much from cricket that I would never think about earning from this academy. If we did charge some nominal fees it was to cover the academy expenses including kits an equipment for its upkeep,” he said.
The champion off-spinner has faced a tough time since the ICC declared his bowling action illegal in late 2014 and even after he modified it and made a comeback to the national team last April he didn’t taste success and has since been out of the side.
“From the time I faced problems with my action and I went out of the Pakistan team and was no longer a certain selection the varsity citied security reasons for wanting to wind up my academy. Now they are making baseless allegations against me although when I met them I assured them the academy would be run as per their requirements and regulations,” Ajmal added.
Akmal banned from 1st NZ T20
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal will miss the first Twenty20 against New Zealand on January 15 after being slapped with a onematch ban for violating the ICC’s dress code during a domestic game.
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis told PTI that the ban was imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after Umar violated the code during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final here last week while playing for Sui Northern Gas.
“Apparently match referee Anwar Khan had warned him twice for wearing two logos instead of one in the match and he didn’t pay heed,” Waqar said before the national team’s departure for New Zealand early this morning.
Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam said Umar had committed a level one offence of the ICC rules governing dress codes. Waqar said it was time Umar changed his attitude and focused on performing.
“Look he has been around now since 2009 and it is time he establishes himself in the team and becomes a consistent performer,” the former Pakistan captain said.
“It is disappointing for the team management to find Umar getting involved in unnecessary issues. It is not helping his cricket career and not allowing him to focus on his cricket as well,” Waqar said.
After the 2015 World Cup, Waqar had submitted a report to the PCB advising the authorities to not select Umar and opener Ahmed Shehzad for the national team until they changed their behaviour and become more disciplined.
But after just one tournament, the selectors picked both in the side. Umar is not part of the ODI squad in New Zealand and has only been picked for the T20 series. Intikhab explained the ban applied on both international and domestic matches. “It basically means that Umar is banned for his next match.”
First Published: Jan 10, 2016 16:10 IST