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Umar Akmal's traffic fiasco comes to an end

Updated March 06, 2014
Umar Akmal celebrates after winning their match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament in Dhaka, March 4, 2014. — Photo by AP
Umar Akmal celebrates after winning their match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament in Dhaka, March 4, 2014. — Photo by AP

LAHORE: The tiff between Pakistan's cricket star Umar Akmal and Lahore's traffic police came to an end on Thursday after the wicket-keeper/batsman's father tendered a written apology to the traffic warden with whom the young Akmal had entered into a scuffle last month, DawnNews reported.

The batsman's father met with DIG Zulfiqar Hameed (who oversees investigations in Lahore) and submitted in writing an unconditional apology on behalf of his son for his disorderly conduct.

Moreover, he informed the senior-ranking police official that his son could not appear before him as he was out of the country representing Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

Lahore police accepting the apology assured that the case against the young batsman would be taken back.

Umar was briefly detained by police on Feb 1, after he had entered into a fray with a traffic warden following a traffic violation and a case was later registered against him for allegedly slapping the sergeant.

Later a local sessions court granted bail to the middle-order batsman and released him against a surety bond of Rs100,000.

A judicial magistrate of Model Town Courts on Feb 27 had issued bailable arrest warrant of the cricketer on the same day he hit a century against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.