Controversial Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal leaves National team to explore future in the USA

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Controversial Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has left the country to play league cricket in the United States. Akmal had recently completed his ban for breaching PCB’s anti-corruption code.

Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

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  • Umar Akmal has left Pakistan to explore cricketing future in the USA
  • Akmal recently completed his ban for breaching PCB’s anti-corruption code
  • Akmal has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s for Pakistan
Umar Akmal has left Pakistan to explore his cricketing future in the USA.

Akmal had recently completed his ban for breaching PCB’s anti-corruption code.

Espncricinfo reported that the explosive has signed a short-term contract with Northern Cricket California Association and is open to exploring a long-term future which will sever his ties with Pakistan cricket.

The 31-year-old had scored 0, 14, 7, 16 and 29 for the Central Punjab Second XI in the PCB Cricket Associations T20 tournament before deciding to go to California.

The Quaid-E-Azam Trophy is scheduled to start on October 20 and it is not clear if he will come back from to play in the country’s premier domestic competition.

The website claimed that Akmal’s comeback wasn’t well-received in the circuit and he was not selected for the ongoing National T20 Cup.

Akmal has been at the centre of controversy many times in his career but he got his 18-month ban for breaching PCB’s anti-corruption. The suspension was reduced later to six month following the verdict of Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Akmal was suspended hours before his PSL team Quetta Gladiators was to take on Islamabad in the opening match of the 2020 edition.

The PCB charged him for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of its Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents in February this year ahead of the PSL.

Akmal is the younger brother of former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who played 53 Tests, 58 T20s, 157 ODIs, and cousin of current captain Babar Azam.

Akmal, who last played for Pakistan in October, has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s, scoring 1,003, 3,194 and 1,690 runs respectively.

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