Umar Akmal allowed to play club cricket

PCB says Akmal’s rehabilitation to conclude next month

By: News Desk      Published: 11:45 AM, 4 Aug, 2021
Umar Akmal allowed to play club cricket
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that Umar Akmal has been allowed to resume club cricket activities as part of his rehabilitation process, which commenced last month, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

“In the processes completed to date, Umar has shown remorse, attended an anti-corruption lecture and participated in a Q&A session conducted by the Security and Anti-Corruption Department,” the PCB said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

His rehabilitation programme is expected to conclude next month, following which he will become eligible to participate in the Pakistan domestic cricket season 2021-22.

In February 2020, he was suspended by the PCB, after he had breached their Anti-Corruption code. In April 2020, the PCB banned him from cricket for three years, after he pleaded guilty to failing to report corrupt approaches.

Akmal made his One Day International (ODI) debut on 1 August 2009 against Sri Lanka, his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut on 12 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.