Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has once again landed himself in trouble after receiving a temporary suspension from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under PCB Anti-Corruption Code. The suspension also means that he cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit. The latest suspension will also affect his participation in the upcoming PSL 2020
Umar Akmal was all set to take part in the PSL 2020 for Quetta Gladiators. With T20 World Cup just around the corner, PSL 2020 was an ideal platform for Akmal to push his case for inclusion in the national side. The Cricket Board released a statement on Akmal's suspension which said as follows -
The PCB, in its statement, has asked Quetta Gladiators to apply for Umar Akmal’s replacement for the Pakistan Super League 2020. The PSL franchise in its tweet said that they will not give any comment until the enquiry is concluded. The defending champions will open their campaign against two-time former winners Islamabad United on Thursday.
The reigning PSL Champions Quetta Gladiators would like to state that @TheRealPCB is already investigating the matter of Umar Akmal and the franchise will not make any comment until inquiry is concluded.— Quetta Gladiators (@TeamQuetta) February 20, 2020
Meanwhile, Gladiators will take a replacement pick. https://t.co/k52jIhWWZ5
Before receiving the current suspension, The 29-year-old was in the news after he was reported to have disrespected the trainers by taking off his shirt and asking them if his body was unfit for playing international cricket. This act forced the PCB to impose a penalty on Akmal. Later the PCB said that the incident happened due to a misunderstanding and Umar Akmal offered his regrets for the incident. However, the incident gave birth to another set of memes related to the cricketer on social media.
Umar Akmal announced himself on the international scene with a century on Test debut against New Zealand in 2009. He remained a regular member of the Pakistan Cricket team for some years before his poor form and fitness saw him being dropped in favour of Sarfaraz Ahmed.
The first match of the PSL 2020 will take place between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United on Thursday. The match can be viewed on cricketgateway.com in India.