- After being suspected of deliberately under-performing and having links with suspicious people, Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has now also been given a final warning about his conduct in the dressing room.
Reports quoting well-placed sources said that when Kamran appeared before the integrity committee of the board two days back, he was told in clear terms that any attempts to create groupings in the team or indulge in politics will not be tolerated at all.
"Kamran got a final warning with reference to past complaints about his conduct that he encouraged groupings in the team," a source said.
Interestingly, as far as suspicions about his links with bookmakers were concerned, he was asked to furnish some documents which he did and the committee then held a detailed discussion with him on some past issues.
"The position now is that the board is still contemplating whether to officially announce that Kamran can be considered for national selection or whether to just tell the selectors to select him without any announcements," the source said.
Kamran was called before the committee again after the national selectors asked the board for clearance to consider Kamran for the forthcoming T20 World Cup after including his name in the list of 30 probables.
The source also said that after initially pushing for Kamran's clearance, the selectors had also now taken a back seat and were waiting for the final word from the board.
"The board itself remains undecided because there is no fresh complaint against Kamran and the factual position is that he was cleared by the ICC to play in the 2011 World Cup," the source said.
He said the issue cropped up again as Kamran's name had been taken in the spot-fixing trial in London last year that involved Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer. He was named in the spot-fixing trial that took place in the UK last year, but was not summoned by the court, or the International Cricket Council. However, the PCB excluded him from the team.
Kamran was also accused of deliberately under-performing in the Sydney Test during Pakistan’s tour to Australia in 2010, reports said.
However, his chances of returning increased after the selection committee selected him in the preliminary squad. His final inclusion is, however, still subject to clearance by the integrity committee.