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Pak Cricket Board suspends Umar Akmal pending anti-corruption investigation

File photo of Pakistan’s Umar Akmal

File photo of Pakistan’s Umar Akmal   | Photo Credit: A.M. Ahad

The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect, it said in a statement.

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday suspended Umar Akmal with immediate effect, pending an anti-corruption investigation against the batsman.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board today suspended Umar Akmal with immediate effect...he cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit,” the Board said in a statement.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments,” it added.

The PCB did not get into the specifics of the breach committed by Akmal.

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Akmal’s PSL team Quetta Gladiators are allowed to apply for his replacement ahead of the 2020 edition beginning on Thursday.

The defending champions will take on two-time former winners Islamabad United in the opening match later on Thursday.

The 29-year-old, who last played for Pakistan in October, has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s.

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