Karachi. Pakistan’s controversial cricketer Umar Akmal has left the country to play league cricket in America. Akmal was banned under the Anti-Corruption Code of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which expired recently. Umar Akmal, who scored a century in his first Test innings itself, has been a very undisciplined cricketer. Apart from match-fixing, he has also been accused of bad behavior in the team. Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi had even advised him to be treated by a mental illness doctor.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the 31-year-old cricketer has signed a short-term contract with the Northern Cricket California Association, but he has kept the option of pursuing it in the future, which will end his relationship with Pakistan Cricket. He is representing California Zalmi in the current season of Premier C League.
Akmal took part in the PCB Cricket Association T20 tournament this season, in which he scored 0, 14, 7, 16 and 29 for Central Punjab Second XI. Only then did he decide to move to California. The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy begins on October 20 and it is not clear whether Akmal will return to play in this apex domestic tournament.
The website has claimed that Akmal’s return was not welcomed in the cricketing community and he was not selected for the National T20 Cup. Umar Akmal has played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20 Internationals for Pakistan. He has scored 1003 runs in Tests at an average of 35.82, 3194 runs at an average of 34.34 in ODIs and 1690 runs in T20 Internationals at an average of 26.00.
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Let us inform that Umar Akmal was suspended after being found guilty by the PCB for indulging in suspicious activities ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 5. He was accused of concealing the corruption case. After this, the Pakistan Cricket Board banned him for 18 months.
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