Pakistan drop Umar Akmal from T20s

2015-11-12 14:03
Umar Akmal (File)

Islamabad - Pakistan has left talented but inconsistent batsman Umar Akmal out of the squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against England on disciplinary grounds, the chief selector said on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Umar was allegedly involved in an incident involving mistreatment of women while playing a first-class game in Hyderabad last week, and was issued a show cause notice requiring him to appear before selectors.

Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said Umar was dropped on the instructions of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"Umar had been pencilled in for selection, but he has subsequently been dropped on instructions from the PCB, as he has been issued with a show cause notice for bringing the board and Pakistan cricket into disrepute," Rasheed was quoted as saying in a PCB release.

Umar has so far played 65 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan, the most recent being in Zimbabwe on September 29.

He was also dropped from the one-day team following the 2015 World Cup after head coach Waqar Younis cited his lack of discipline and disobeying instructions from the captain and the coach.

Umar, whose elder brothers Kamran and Adnan also played for Pakistan, was jailed for beating a traffic warden last year.

Pakistan's 16-man squad also includes 39-year-old batsman Rafatullah Mohmand, 10 years after he first came into reckoning for the national team.

Rasheed said Mohmand has been rewarded for his perseverance.

"Having experience of playing first class cricket for many years, with his form, sound technique and fitness, and also given his fielding credentials, Mohmand has been afforded an opportunity as he was considered to have potential to feature in an international T20 competition as an opener," he said.

The first Twenty20 match will be played in Dubai on November 26 followed by the second, also in Dubai, the next day with the final match in Sharjah on November 30.

Meanwhile, Iftikhar Ahmed has been named as the 16th member of the one-day squad to fill in the slot that fell vacant following Younis Khan's retirement.

Younis retired from one-day cricket on Wednesday after Pakistan won the first match against England by six wickets.

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Riffatullah Mohmand, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Imran Khan Junior, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Amir Yamin, Imad Wasim (subject to fitness)

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