Karachi: Akmal brothers — Kamran and Umar — could face disciplinary action from the PCB for violating the terms of their central contracts by giving out statements to the Australian media that showed the team and affairs of national cricket in poor light.

Kamran, the vice-captain of the team, caused plenty of confusion and controversy when he said that despite the national selectors sending young wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed to Australia, he would be playing the third Test in Hobart and he had no intentions of walking out despite a poor show behind the stumps in the Sydney Test.

Umar became the focus of another controversy and even prompted a statement from Australian captain Ricky Pointing when he first said that he had a bad back and could not play in the third Test. Later scans showed that he was perfectly fine.

This prompted the Australian media and Ponting to ask if Umar had tried to fake his injury as a mark of support for his elder brother. — PTI

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