21 February 2020
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect under its anti-corruption code. The suspension will last until the Board completes its internal investgations. The Board did not reveal anything about the nature of the offence.
Akmal, 29, was in the news most recently for his alleged misbehaviour with a staff member after a failed fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, which the PCB later put down to a “misunderstanding” following an inquiry. The two-day investigation found that Akmal, during the skin-fold test, was believed to have exposed himself in front of the trainer and asked: “Where is the fat?” PCB did not impose any sanction saying that he had “offered his regrets”.
Akmal made his One Day International debut on 1 August 2009 against Sri Lanka and made his Test debut against New Zealand on 23 November 2009. He is a right-handed batsman and a part-time spinner. Like his two brothers, Adnan and Kamran, Umar has kept wicket for the national team in many ODIs (One Day International).