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Umar Akmal Fined For Night Out in Dubai

The out-of-bounds dance skills of Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal made him fall into the hot water when the maverick mid-range hitter was fined 20 percent of his fee for one night in Dubai.

The 28-year-old was in the UAE for a five-game series against Australia, which Pakistan lost 5-0 in Dubai on Sunday.

But a video clip circulating on social networks showed Umar attending a concert and dancing on Friday night in Dubai.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement late Monday that Umar apologized after team manager Talat Ali accused him of violating the team’s curfew and going to a club, a violation of the rules for the tours.

“I am glad that Umar has realized his mistake and has accepted and apologized for his actions, which clearly are not professional and in no way can be ignored or ignored,” said PCB managing director Wasim Khan.

“The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from its players, and this action is a reiteration and a timely reminder that no indiscipline will be tolerated or accepted.”

Umar managed just 150 runs in all five games, a disappointing show that could have a negative impact on his potential for the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

The player has had a history of disciplinary problems since his international debut in 2009.

He was infamously arrested for a day in 2014 after attacking a traffic guard. In 2015, he was expelled from the Pakistan team after local media reported another noisy dance night.

Waqar Younis, the former head coach of Pakistan, also suggested that the PCB keep Umar away from the team due to disciplinary problems after the World Twenty20 in India in 2016.

He has also repeatedly faced the current head coach Mickey Arthur.

In 2017, Arthur sent him home a few days before the start of the champions’ trophy after failing a fitness test.

Later that year he received a three-month ban following a dispute with Arthur at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Umar is also being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for claiming in a television interview that he was offered money for underperformance during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The ICC said that Umar has not been charged, so he was free to play in the international competition.

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