Karachi: Commenting on the media reports about fake injury episode of Umar Akmal, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan the player should be immediately dropped from the World Cup squad and never be allowed to play for the country again, if the news was true.

The reports have suggested batsman Umar faked a finger injury so that his brother wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal might not be dropped for the game against Zimbabwe in the World Cup, though Imran said he was not aware of the factual position.

"But if these reports are true about any player faking an injury or showing attitude then the management and board must have no doubt on what needs to be done," he said.

Imran said that the 1992 World Cup win was based on one simple policy.

"I had made it clear to every player, the selectors and the board that in my team there was no place for anyone who was not trying hard enough for the team or who wanted to play for himself and was a selfish player," Imran recalled.

The former captain also expressed grief that the cricket bodies had messed up by not taking action against players accused of fixing matches.

"Something should have been done then. We are facing issues today. Now every time a match is played involving any team people raise doubts over the authenticity of the result and that hurts me a lot," he said.

"For me as a former captain and player it is painful to hear these things because if people don`t believe in the credibility of the sport where is it going."

(Agencies)