KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to clamp down on its centrally contracted players giving statements and also issued a show cause notice to batsman Umar Akmal for participating in objectionable activities in the country.
The PCB, referring to media reports, issued the notice to Umar who has also been dropped from the Pakistan T20 squad for the series against England for the same reason.
In the notice the board has said that Umar should explain his conduct as media reports say he took part in objectionable and immoral activities in Hyderabad city.
The media has reported that Umar and some other players were taken to the Site Police station in Hyderabad after police raided a bungalow where the players were watching a mujra.
Some reports said there were prostitutes at the venue when police raided the bungalow on Sunday night on complaint of a neighbour.
Umar was released from the police station after a while and he has since than denied taking part in any objectionable activities and insists he just went to the bungalow with some friends on a dinner invitation.
PCB's chairman of the executive committee Najam Sethi told the media in Lahore that if Umar was found innocent after the inquiry he would be selected again for the national team.
The PCB today also apparently issued a reprimand to national T20 captain Shahid Afridi for giving a statement in the media on policy matters.
Afridi had recently said that if the Indian board gave in writing to the PCB it would give revenues than Pakistan can play in India.
The PCB has advised the allrounder to not speak on policy matters of the board. Afridi has told the board he was misquoted.