Pakistan’s enfant terrible Umar Akmal stirred another controversy by accusing head coach insulted him by using foul language, a charge Mickey Arthur vehemently denied.
Umar, 27, appeared on media at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and accused Arthur of insulting him in the presence of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
“Yesterday Mickey used expletives against me, language which I can’t repeat and was unable to tolerate,” Umar told media. “There were some senior players as well as chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq but no one stopped him.”
Umar had been in the news for wrong reasons throughout his eight-year career. He was arrested in 2012 after a scuffle with a traffic warden over a signal violation.
He was also involved in a spat with team-mate Ahmed Shahzad during the 2015 World Cup and the then head coach Waqar Younis recommended that both the players should not be included in the team for two years.
Umar was unceremoniously expelled from the team a week before the Champions trophy after he failed fitness test, seventh in a row.
Umar said he will brief the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman of the incident.
“I have a passion to play for Pakistan but I was ousted from the team after a unnecessary fitness test,” Umar mourned. “He told me to play club cricket. He has been doing the same treatment to other players as well.
Arthur denied Umar’s accusation
I didn’t use any foul language,” Arthur told ARY news. “Umar is not speaking the truth. I told him that he can’t use the support staff as he was not in the camp and I told him to go and play club cricket.
“Look at yourself first, I told him.”
Umar Akmal wanted to lodge a formal complaint against the head coach of national team, Mickey Arthur. However, his act of bringing the issue in media has forced the cricket board to issue him a show-cause notice.