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Umar Akmal in trouble over wedding celebrations

Four arrested after party to celebrate Pakistan batsman's wedding goes over maximum duration.

Umar Akmal, left, and his brother Kamran are both Pakistan internationals. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo
Umar Akmal, left, and his brother Kamran are both Pakistan internationals. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo

LAHORE // Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, could be in fresh trouble with the law after a party for his wedding breached local rules restricting wedding celebrations, police said on Wednesday.

Officers in the eastern city of Lahore said the 23-year-old international held a function on Tuesday that violated bylaws which say only one food dish can be served at wedding parties, which must end at 10pm.

Umar, who was to wed former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir’s daughter Noor Amna on Wednesday, left the venue before the police raid.

“There were violations of marriage act and a case has been registered and four people were arrested,” police official Rana Imtiaz told reporters.

The law was brought in to try to curb excessive wedding celebrations and has proved unpopular in Lahore, traditionally known for lavish marriages.

Imtiaz said Umar was not named in the police report, but action could still be taken against the cricketer, as it was his function.

It comes a month after Umar was cleared of violating traffic rules and scuffling with a policeman.

The officer in question forgave Umar, saying he was a “national hero”, following a match-saving century against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

Umar’s wedding has attracted big headlines in Pakistani media over his hairstyle and expensive sherwani – the groom’s traditional long coat.

Umar has so far played 16 Tests, 94 one-day and 56 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.

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