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PCB’s Anti-Corruption Board Suspends Umar Akmal

During a recent interview, Pakistan’s senior batsman Umar Akmal revealed that he is quite keen to make a comeback in the national team. However, the right-hander has landed himself into another big trouble as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Thursday, suspended Akmal with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1* of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. As this is an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments.

Akmal’s PSL franchise Quetta Gladiators have been allowed to apply for a replacement. The defending champions Quetta Gladiators will be facing the Islamabad United in the opening game of PSL 2020 on February 20 in Karachi.

Umar Akmal was recently in news as he came under the scanner for his inappropriate behaviour with a trainer at Pakistan’s NCA in Lahore. However, Akmal was not served with any strict action by the PCB officials for his alleged misconduct. Ahead of their home series against Bangladesh, all the Pakistan players underwent a fitness test at the NCA including Akmal. However, Akmal’s behaviour with the trainer didn’t go down well as he reportedly stripped his clothes and asked the trainer to find body fat during his body fat test.

The trainer soon reported regarding the incident to Pakistan’s head coach-cum-selector, Misbah-ul-Haq who asked PCB to hold an inquiry for the same. After almost one month post the incident, PCB released a statement saying that Akmal had offered regrets for his action and the board had reprimanded him while reminding him about his responsibilities as a senior cricketer.