Umar Akmal set to receive show cause notice over Arthur allegations

Out-of-favour Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has accused incumbent national team coach Mickey Arthur of abusing him and debarring him from training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

While talking to the media on Wednesday, Akmal, 27, revealed that Arthur cursed at him in the presence of Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq and implied that other players have also been at the receiving end of the South African’s foul-mouthed rants.

“Mickey Arthur abused me and used inappropriate words for me,” said Akmal. “He has debarred me from the academy and told me to play club cricket. No player stepped in to ask him no to use such language for a Pakistan international. It’s not befitting of Arthur to abuse Pakistani players.”

Akmal further said he was given a wrongful warning before the Champions Trophy and purposefully stopped from taking the fitness test, which led to his ouster from the team.

Moreover, he claimed that his recent trip to England wasn’t unexplained and that Mushtaq Ahmed and Dr Sohail were aware that he had gone due to an injury.

The spat is believed to have occurred when Akmal showed up at the NCA to use batting coach Grant Flower’s services, which is when he was told that only players with central contracts have the privilege of specialised coaching.

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