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PCB somersaults on Umar Akmal ban

PCB somersaults on Umar Akmal ban

LAHORE: Within 48 hours of banning temperamental middle-order batsman Umar Akmal from Friday’s first T20 International against New Zealand in Auckland, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reversed its decision by removing the ban.

Team manager Intikhab Alam had told reporters in Karachi, hours before the team’s departure for New Zealand on Sunday, that Umar had been banned from the match after he had violated the code of conduct in the final of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy final between Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and United Bank Limited last week.

But in a surprising twist on Tuesday, chief selector Haroon Rasheed recommended not to ban Umar from an international match for a misconduct that the player had committed in a domestic fixture.

He will face the punishment in the domestic circuit later.

Published in Dawn, January 13th, 2016

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