Does Pakistan love controversy? Umar Akmal claims coach Mickey Arthur abused him

Does Pakistan love controversy? Umar Akmal claims coach Mickey Arthur abused him

Controversial Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal claimed that coach Mickey Arthur had verbally abused him in front of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Given that Akmal is a player that has found himself in hot water on numerous occasions, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were quick to pick up on the allegations he made while talking to reporters and issued a show-cause notice against the 27-year-old, which will require him to respond to them within two weeks.

On the other hand, Arthur has trashed Akmal's accusations saying that although he scolded the cricketer but did not used foul language with him. "I told him he must first earn the right to go and play club cricket since he is not under PCB contract anymore". "I myself paid all the expenses of my medical treatment in England", the batsman added. "I said okay and then they told me go and talk to Mickey again", Akmal recalled. "Umar Akmal wanted to use Grant Flower's (Pakistan's batting coach) services", Arthur was quoted as saying by Geo TV.

But, one fails to understand what was the need for Pakistan coach to abuse Akmal, who also did not follow the right protocol. "But Mickey said I shouldn't even have come to the NCA, and should be playing club cricket instead".

"When I asked why all those global coaches didn't want to work with me, they responded that they wanted to prioritise working with players who had central contracts".

"He then told me go and speak to Inzamam and Mushtaq".

Appearing in Samaa current affairs program, "Nadeem Malik Live", the cricketer said the coach is not authorized to forbid him to play there. I admitted I needed to work harder on my fitness and game.

"I never stopped him from using the academy, I told him to not use the services of our support staff until he earns the right". And then he used poor and abusive language.

"I went to England for rehabilitation and remained positive".

"PCB chairman Najam Sethi should take notice of the "bad language" of Mickey Arthur".

The 27-year-old Umar, who has played 16 Tests, 116 ODIs and 82 T20 Internationals, has earned a reputation of being involved in controversies in recent years and was sidelined by the national selectors for almost a year in 2015/16 before making a comeback to the national team.

One of the key reasons Akmal wasn't offered a central contract can be attributed to his disappointing fitness levels, which has had serious repercussions on his worldwide career as of late.