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PCB Condemns Umar Akmal’s Reckless Statements

The Pakistan Cricket Board strongly condemns the reckless statements made by batsman Umar Akmal with regards to his omission from the ICC Champions Trophy squad.

In a strongly-worded press release, the Pakistan Cricket Board came down heavily on Umar Akmal for his latest outburst against coach Mickey Arthur, going as far to name his actions as a 'Bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings'.

PCB said that Umar was given as many as seven chances to improve his fitness and match the standards of his teammates, laid out by the team management.

Umar Akmal was given a program to improve his fitness like other players before the West Indies tour and after he failed the tests in Lahore, he was left out of the team.

After clearing another test before the squad selection on eve of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, Umar was included in the eventual 15 member squad.

The PCB wants to stress that the team trainer conducts fitness tests of squad members before each international assignment and the tests before the Champions Trophy were conducted as a continuation of the policy.

Once again Umar failed to attain the desired level of fitness and the team management was left with no option but to drop him from the squad.

Head coach Mickey Arthur had placed Umar in his white ball format plans and gave him repeated chances for redemption, unfortunately though the batsman remained incapable of reaching the requisite fitness level.

The PCB awaits his response to the show cause issued to him yesterday and hopes that in the meantime, the batsman will refrain from making baseless allegations.

Earlier, Umar Akmal had accused Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur of abusing him and barring him from practicing at the National Cricket Academy. Akmal said that he was dropped from the team for the Champions Trophy after unjustified warning and wasn't allowed to take the fitness test.