Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has courted controversy again, despite only currently being taken back to the international fold following a two-year absence, after breaching a team curfew in front of the fifth one-dayer against Australia.
Akmal was sent home from Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy squad in England for lacking fitness tests and followed that up with a public outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur.
He was recalled for the very first time since that spat for Pakistan’s five-match series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said the 28-year-old had been charged 20 percentage of his match fee and obtained an official reprimand for a late night-out before Sunday’s fifth ODI against Australia in Dubai.
The cricketer pleaded guilty to the charge, apologized and acknowledged the sanction, the PCB added.
“I am glad that Umar has realized his mistake, and has accepted and apologized for his actions, which were clearly unprofessional and in no way can be ignored or overlooked,” PCB managing director Wasim Khan said in a statement.
“The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from its players, and this action is a reiteration and timely reminder that any indiscipline shall not be tolerated or allowed.”