PCB sends legal notice to Kamran Akmal for defamatory comments, more cricketers on board’s list

The source said that Ramiz Raja and other PCB officials felt these former cricketers’ comments were over the line.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 16 November 2022 11:28 AM

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not taking any comments against the team and the board lightly after loss in T20 World Cup 2022 Final. In fact, the board is sending legal notices to former players who made ‘defamatory’ comments about the team and the board. Kamran Akmal is the first of many such players who have got a legal notice from PCB. 

According to reports, Akmal has received a notice from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under Ramiz Raja as the PCB Chief has pledged to not tolerate anything against the team or the board. In a PTI report, a source close to the out-of-favour cricketer disclosed him being sent a notice by the PCB on behalf of Chairman Raja after accusations of inappropriate comments for the national men's side and the board's chief.

"I don’t know exactly what charges they have made against Kamran but apparently the legal notice has been sent because the chairman feels Kamran made defamatory, false and offensive comments on the media about him," the source said. 

Meanwhile, another source within PCB confirmed that the board is planning to send more legal notices to former players who have their own YouTube channels and appear in the media and have been brutal in their criticism of Babar Azam & company following the loss in the T20 World Cup final and also the PCB regime. The source said that Ramiz Raja and other PCB officials felt these former cricketers’ comments were over the line. 

"Some of them clearly cross the line while criticising the team, management, board and chairman and Ramiz has made it clear he is not going to tolerate anyone running down or defaming Pakistan cricket anymore," the source added. 

Notably, Pakistan lost to India and Zimbabwe in their first two matches of the league stage and received a lot of backlashes. However, the Babar Azam-led team turned the tide around with luck favouring them and played the final against England. But Pakistan lost to Jos Buttler’s England by five wickets. The team posted a below-par total in the summit clash as the likes of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar, Ahmed, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz failed. 

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