The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed batsman Umar Akmal a suspension immediate effect, pending an anti-corruption investigation on Thursday.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments,” it said.
Umar Akmal is also not allowed to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL). He was a part of the Quetta Gladiators franchise who are now allowed to apply for his replacement.
Akmal has played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s, scoring 1003, 3194 and 1690 runs respectively for Pakistan. He has been in and out of the side.
He is the younger brother of Kamran Akmal who has represented Pakistan in 53 Tests, 58 T20s, 157 ODIs and also a cousin of the present Pakistan captain Babar Azam. Azam was handed over the captaincy baton after Sarfaraz Ahmed was shown exit gates by the board post their dismal run in the 2019 World Cup.
This is not the first time that Akmal has been surrounded by controversies. Earlier, he escaped a ban from the board for losing his cool during a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Though later he offered an unconditional apology for the incident.