Umar Akmal was recently banned for a period of 3 years by the PCB for a failure to report an approach by a bookie. This is the same charge that saw the Bangladesh Cricket Board banning star all rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan. This news has attracted a lot from reactions current and former Pakistani cricketers.
While Ramiz Raja has come down hard on the younger of the Akmal brothers, the likes of Shoaib Akhtar have jumped in his defence and squarely blamed PCB’s mismanagement for the ruckus caused. This week however, former Pakistan wicketkeeper batsman, Zulqarnain Haider levelled serious allegations at Umar Akmal.
He said that during a 2010 encounter vs South Africa in Dubai, Umar Akmal had the drinks duty and when he came out to perform his task, he asked the pair in the middle to under perform and bat less efficiently. Haider also claimed that this was reported to the team manager at the time.
Here’s his statement
It was a very crucial match (South Africa won the match by two) and when I was batting, Umar Akmal brought drinks for us and had told me to under-perform. His clear words were don’t bat efficiently. I had then clearly told him to only perform his drinks man duty. The matter was also brought to the team management after the match,” he stated.