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Pakistan have dropped batsman Umar Akmal for the three-match Twenty20 series against England on disciplinary grounds.
According to reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a show cause notice to Akmal after he attended a party in Hyderabad.
“Umar Akmal was in contention for a place in the T20 squad but he was not considered following the board issuing him a show cause notice after the press reports revealed that he had brought PCB and Pakistan Cricket into disrepute,” a statement on the board’s website said.
Pakistan chief selector Haroon Rashid revealed that Akmal had initially been selected, but was subsequently dropped on orders from the 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.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan added that Akmal will be given an opportunity to explain his actions before the board decides on an adequate punishment.
“There should be an inquiry and Umar will be given an opportunity and after that we will take action,” Khan told reporters. “He is suspended and was not included in the team before we make a decision. Basically our players are not educated, most of them are school drop outs, so this becomes a problem and we will address that as well.”