PCB decides to warn Akmal, Junaid LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to warn both middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and left-arm quick Junaid Khan that they will be suspended for four to six weeks if they do not improve their conduct.
The two had got into arguments when Akmal, while leading the Punjab team against Sindh at the Pakistan Cup in Rawalpindi, had commented on his team combination before the match in these words, “I am just told that Junaid is absent. I am surprised. The manager and the coach have informed me that he is not going to play today. This is shocking information for me as captain.”
Within minutes, Junaid released a video message on his social media account from his hotel room expressing displeasure over what Akmal had said.
“I am disappointed to hear what Akmal has said about me. He tried to give the impression that I ran away from the match. In fact, I am dealing with food poisoning and I have duly informed the team management about this. The team doctor has advised me rest,” Junaid said.
After the incident, the PCB had formed a three-member committee to investigate the matter, which has now completed its inquiry and sent the report to chairman Shaharyar Khan.
An official decision in this regard will be announced in the next couple of days but some sources close to the development told Dawn on the condition of anonymity that the committee had recommended four to six weeks ban on both the players.
As both the players are included in Pakistan’s squad for the Champions Trophy, to be held in the UK in June this year, suspending them now may cause problems for the PCB and it would be difficult for it to find their replacements.
Therefore, the PCB has decided to warn both that they will be suspended if they do not improve their behaviour.
“Yes, it’s going to be a warning for Junaid and Akmal. They now have to show exemplary conduct to avoid suspension,” the sources said.