Karachi - Pakistani
cricketer Umar Akmal's dancing skills off the pitch have landed him in
trouble as the maverick middle-order batsman was fined 20 percent of his
match fee for a night out in Dubai.
The 28-year-old talented yet indisciplined player was in the United
Arab Emirates for a five-match series against Australia, which Pakistan
lost 5-0 in Dubai on Sunday.
It was his first international fixture since January 2017.
But a video clip circulating on social media showed Umar attending a concert and dancing on Friday night in Dubai.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement late on Monday that
Umar had apologised after team manager Talat Ali charged him with
breaching the team's curfew and going to a club, a violation of the
rules for tours.
"I am glad that Umar has realised his mistake, and has accepted and
apologised for his actions, which were clearly unprofessional and in no
way can be ignored or overlooked," PCB managing director Wasim Khan
"The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from
its players, and this action is a reiteration and timely reminder that
any indiscipline shall not be tolerated or accepted."
Umar managed just 150 runs in the five matches - a disappointing
show that could have a negative impact on his potential selection for
the 2019 World Cup, to be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July
The player has had a history of disciplinary problems since making his international debut in 2009.
He was infamously arrested for a day in 2014 after attacking a
traffic warden. In 2015, he was dropped from the Pakistan team after
local media reported another raucous night of dancing.
Waqar Younis, Pakistan's previous head coach, also suggested the PCB
keep Umar away from the team over disciplinary problems following the
World Twenty20 in India in 2016.
He has also clashed repeatedly with current head coach Mickey Arthur.
In 2017 Arthur sent him home days before the start of the Champions Trophy after he failed a fitness test.
Later that year he received a three-month ban after a spat with Arthur in the national cricket academy in Lahore.
Umar is also under investigation by the International Cricket Council
(ICC) for claiming in a television interview that he was offered money
to underperform during the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New
The ICC said Umar has not been charged, so he was free to play in international competition.