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‘Dance party attendance’ costs Umar Akmal place in T20 squad

KARACHI:  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has served a show-cause notice on Umar Akmal for violating the board’s code of conduct, ARY News reported.

Akmal, brother of Kamran Akmal, was reportedly seen at a dance party in Hyderabad. ARY correspondent reported that Akmal was suspected to have misbehaved with some women during a dance party.

On the other hand, some media reports suggest that the cricketer was found at an ‘objectionable place’ instead of the dance bar. The board, however, did not specify the details.

The PCB said the act of Akmal had brought disrepute to the country and the board.

The latest violation of PCB’s code of conduct has cost Akmal his place in the T20 squad for England series in Dubai.

The PCB has sought reply from the player within two weeks.

Umar Akmal had also previously been found violating the PCB code.

The cricketer was embroiled in a controversy when he was apprehended on February 1, 2014 after police charged him for violating a traffic signal in Lahore’s Firdous market area and later brawled with a traffic warden.

Akmal was detained the same day and released a day later on a bail order issued by a local court against a surety bond of Rs100,000. However, he denied the charges, claiming he had been assaulted by the traffic warden first.

Following is the T20 squad announced by the PCB for three-match England series.

Shahid Afridi (C), Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood,Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, RaffatUllah Mehmand, Imad Wasim, Aamir Yamin, Imran Khan Jr., Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Iftikhar Ahmed.

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