The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set up an inquiry committee to investigate a spat between cricketers Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan.
The committee will be headed by Shafiq Ahmed, the PCB’s general manager and will look at the ugly war of words between the two players.
Umar, captain of the Punjab province in the Pakistan Cup, sparked the controversy when asked by a TV host about changes to his team ahead of his side’s Pakistan Cup match against Sindh.
“I just found out when I walked into the ground that he [Junaid Khan] is absent. I am very surprised. The manager and coach told me he is not going to be playing today. It’s a shocking news for me as a captain,” Akmal was quoted by NDTV as saying.
Shortly after this, Junaid released a video explaining his case, saying: “I am very disappointed to hear about what Umar Akmal has said just now giving the impression I ran away from this match.
“The fact is I am dealing with a case of food poisoning and I had informed the team management about this and they were aware of this fact and the team doctor advised me rest.”
Pakistan will hope both players settle their differences as soon as possible, with Umar and Junaid both named in their country’s squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament in England this June.