This week, controversy broke out in Pakistan cricket when the team’s illustrious former captain Shahid Afridi said on a national TV network that the nation’s top fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi, had paid for his travel and accommodations while receiving treatment in the United Kingdom. In addition, the former captain claimed to have found Shaheen a doctor in the UK. As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Board is receiving harsh criticism from the nation’s cricket community.

The issue surrounding Shaheen’s recuperation was again brought up on Saturday by Pakistan’s seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who also attacked the PCB medical staff harshly. Akmal blasted the board for acting unprofessionally with the players and criticized the medical staff for sending an injured Shaheen to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates with the Pakistani team (Asia Cup).

Boards don’t operate this way. India, Australia, South Africa, England—all of these boards provide the greatest care if a player is hurt. They have competent medical staff and understand how to get athletes fit. However, we don’t want to accept accountability. In the hopes that they would recover, we continue to carry wounded players with the team. Akmal said on his own YouTube channel, “I don’t believe they can even administer Paradon properly. Ye sahi tareeke se Paradon nahi de sakte mujhe lag raha hai.”

Akmal went on to criticize PCB chairman Ramiz Raja for “covering the error” made by the board’s medical staff.

Shaheen had a solo trip. This is not how professional teams handle their athletes. They look after their athletes. Shaheen was with you all the time as you brought him around and wasted his time. The PCB chairman is denying the error. Instead, he ought to be posing inquiries. By sending Fakhar (for treatment), they are just trying to contain the damage, according to the wicketkeeper-batter, who has played for Pakistan in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is thus far.