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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has vehemently denied all the accusations made by batsman Umar Akmal against head coach Mickey Arthur.
On Wednesday, Akmal alleged that Arthur verbally abused him and denied him access to the facilities at the National Cricket Academy.
Furthermore, Akmal said that prior to the Champions Trophy in England in June, he was dropped from the squad without warning and was not allowed to participate in any fitness test.
It has been reported that the 27-year-old was axed from the team and made to return to Pakistan after he failed to two fitness tests in two days.
“While making frivolous allegations against the national team management, Umar has made a bogus attempt to deviate attention from his own failings,” the PCB said in a statement as quoted by ANI. “Umar was given as many as seven chances to improve his fitness and match the standards of his teammates, laid out by the team management.”
Akmal has been recalled to the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy after missing Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies earlier this year.
The Lahore native was snubbed for the national team’s trip to the Caribbean as he once again could not meet the fitness standards that had been set.
“Umar was given a program to improve his fitness like other players before the West Indies tour and after he failed the tests in Lahore, he was left out of the team,” the statement added. “After clearing another test before the squad selection on eve of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, Umar was included in the eventual 15-member squad.”
The PCB also insisted that Arthur had given Akmal numerous opportunities to prove his worth in limited overs cricket, but the batsman had failed to live up to expectations time and time again.
“Unfortunately the batsman remained incapable of reaching the requisite fitness level,” the statement said.