Akram, Akhtar to return to Pakistan after ICC withdraws Aleem Dar
LAHORE (92 News) – After the Shiv Sena stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai for protesting against the talks for Indo-Pak cricket series, former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have pulled out of commentating for the fifth and final ODI scheduled to be played in Mumbai on October 25.
As a precautionary measure, the duo will return home as the fifth ODI will be played in Mumbai.
Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced that it has withdrawn Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the ongoing India versus South Africa series.
Aleem, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had officiated in the first three one-day internationals (ODIs) and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on October 22 and 25, respectively.
The ICC has made the decision following Monday’s incident in Mumbai where a group of extremists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices, and threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.