Akmal reinstated into Pakistan T20 squad


Umar Akmal has been reinstated into the Pakistan squad for the three-match T20 series against England after he was cleared of any wrongdoing by an inquiry after initially being left out on disciplinary grounds.

The 25 year-old Akmal was axed afer he was arrested at a party in Hyderabad, but the decision has now been reversed and he is free to play.

A PCB staement said: "Subsequent to his being cleared by the inquiry initiated by the PCB's security and vigilance department with regard to media reports of an incident in Hyderabad, Umar (Akmal) has been inducted in the T20 squad against England."

PCB chief selector Haroon Rasheed said: "Umar had been part of the original squad picked up by the selection committee, but he was subsequently held back on instructions from the Board, as he had been issued with a show cause notice for bringing PCB and Pakistan cricket into disrepute.

"Now that he has been cleared after an inquiry into the Hyderabad incident, he has been included in the squad."

Meanwhile, allrounder Imad Wasim has been ruled out for the T20 series after failing to recover from a hand injury suffered in a domestic match.

Pakistan's first T20 against England gets underway in Dubai on 27 November.

Revised Pakistan T20 squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Rafatullah Mohmand, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Bilal Asif, Imran Khan junior, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Aamer Yamin