PCB launches inquiry against Umar Akmal over fitness controversy

Written by Abhishek Patil

Pakistan-reject Umar Akmal appeared in front of an inquiry committee formed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the out of favour cricketer’s behaviour was flagged by the coaching staff present at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. No stranger to controversies, Umar weaved himself into a new one recently when he was reported to have misbehaved with a trainer during a fitness test at the NCA. In the aftermath of the Akmal’s fitness controversy, the Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman was asked to show up in front of an inquiry committee after a complaint against the tainted cricketer was lodged.

The younger of the Akmal brothers landed himself in hot waters when he allegedly lashed out at a trainer who tried to measure his body fat during a traditional checkup at the NCA. The fitness trainer faced the wrath from Akmal when the Pakistani cricketer asked the medical counsellor: “Do you see any fat in my body”. Umar is also believed to have removed his clothes while reacting angrily at the trainer as he was later slapped with accusations of misbehaving.

According to a report filed by, Akmal has been insisted to appear on Wednesday following his first meeting with the inquiry committee. The report added that the committee formed by the PCB constitute the Director of Domestic cricket Haroon Rasheed, doctor Sohail Saleem along with a PCB legal team representative. A complaint against Akmal was filed by the coaching staff who are believed to have witnessed the Pakistani cricketer’s verbal assault during the fitness test at the NCA.

Following Umar staging a session of public disagreement at the NCA, his brother Kamran Akmal opted to come out in the defence of the underfire batsman. “I don’t think anything like that happened. If something like this happened then they should call the parties involved. As I said, I believe no arguments occurred. This was a total misunderstanding. The trainer and Umar are good friends. They have studied in the same school,” Kamran had said.

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