LAHORE - Middle order batsman Umar Akmal found himself involved in another controversy on Monday after visiting a local theatre in Faisalabad during ongoing Pakistan Cup.

The controversial cricketer, who was last caught in Hyderabad attending a dance party, was filmed watching a drama “Kurian Ballay Bally” at a theatre in Faisalabad, where Pakistan Cup is being played. The cricketer left the theatre immediately after being identified by people.

Speaking to the media, Umar Akmal denied that he visited the theatre, but video emerged from the scene confirmed that the cricketer was hiding the truth. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched an investigation into the matter and has also summoned CCTV footage of the incident.

Later retracting from his earlier statement, Umar Akmal admitted that he visited a theater, saying there was nothing wrong in watching a stage drama. Akmal denied violation of any PCB’s code of conduct. “If I have violated any rule, the board and the government can punish me.” Akmal also asked the media to refrain from interfering into his personal and family life.

Earlier, a video emerged showing former Pakistan captain Imran Khan discussing Umar Akmal’s batting order with him. Reports said that Akmal was complaining for changing his batting order during Pakistan and India clash in World Twenty20. Umar Akmal was also dropped from national cricket team due to his continuous trampling of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) designated rules and regulations. He had also shown disregard to former head coach Waqar Younis’ warning on using social media during practice sessions and games.

The right-handed batsman was also criticized over ‘immoral acts’ at a dance party in Hyderabad after which PCB slapped him with a show-cause notice. Umar Akmal was charged for allegedly assaulting a traffic warden following a heated argument in Lahore. The player not only violated traffic signal but also threatened the traffic warden. Akmal is representing Balochistan in the Pakistan Cup.