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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was handed a three-match ban by a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disciplinary committee for his comments about head coach Mickey Arthur.
Akmal claimed that Arthur had verbally abused him and stopped him from using the facilities at the National Cricket Academy.
However, given how scathing his remarks were, the disciplinary committee found him guilty of breaching his central contract.
As a result, he was also fined one million Pakistani Rupees and had all his No-Objection Certificates for the next two months revoked. This means that Akmal will only be able to participate in the last two weeks of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
A press release from the PCB said: “The PCB Chairman, Mr. Najam Aziz Sethi, stated that these sanctions had been awarded with a heavy heart but with the hope that it served as a precedent for all Cricketers who should be mindful of their obligations and the consequences of their actions.”
This is the latest disappointment for Akmal as he was excluded from the list of centrally contracted players in July. Two months before that, he was sent home in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy in England as he failed two fitness tests in as many days.