Akmal makes abuse claim against Mickey Arthur

2017-08-17 13:16
Mickey Arthur (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has allegedly abused Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal during an argument at the national cricket academy in Lahore.

Akmal stated at a press conference that the former Proteas coach abused him in front of Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Akmal said when he requested Arthur grant him permission to work out with the national team's support staff, Arthur led him to Inzamam's room and said derogatory things to him.

"There he (Arthur) used abusive words (to) me in the presence of both Inzamam and Mushtaq (Ahmed, NCA head coach) which is really painful and highly embarrassing for me as a cricketer who has played for the national team," Umar told Dawn's website.

Akmal has played 16 Tests, 116 ODIs and 82 T20I to date for Pakistan.

According to the Pakistan online publication Dawn, Arthur denied the allegations. However, he confirmed he reprimanded Akmal for using the facilities.

"Umar wanted to use the services of (batting coach) Grant Flower for batting. I told him he must first earn the right (to do so) and go play club cricket since he is not under a PCB (central) contract anymore," said Arthur in an interview.

"He needs to prove himself before he uses our support staff."

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on their Twitter page that they have issued a "show-cause notice to Akmal on breaching code of conduct. The middle-order batsman has seven days to file a reply."

This isn't the first time Arthur's coaching tactics have come under scrutiny. He was dismissed as Australian coach in 2013 after a series loss in India, a poor showing in the Champions League and incidents of ill-discipline among the Australian team.

In June, Arthur led the bottom-ranked Pakistan team to a stunning victory against their arch-rivals India in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

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