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Head coach Mickey Arthur called me names: Umar Akmal

LAHORE: Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Umar Akmal who was overlooked for selection due to fitness issues, has alleged that he was verbally abused by the team’s South African coach Mickey Arthur.

“Mickey Arthur uttered offensive words against me in front of senior players. I have come here to register a formal complaint against the coaching staff,” he told media at National Cricket Academy.

“PCB Chairman Najam Sethi should take notice of the “bad language” of Mickey Arthur. Its shameful for me,” he said, adding he was stopped by the coachy from coming to the National Academy.

“Sorry to say I am not saying anything against the cricket board. These people are employees of the board.”

To a question, Akmal said that he was never fined or penalized for breaking rules on tours since making his Pakistan’s debut in 2009.

The senior batsman said that he was asked by the head coach to play club cricket. 


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