Ahead of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales, Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has once again failed a fitness test, and hence he is now expected to miss the impending international cricket extravaganza.
According to the sources close to the team management, it has already sent Umar’s report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and asked for left-handed batsman Haris Sohail to be included as his replacement.
To be noted, this is not the first time for Akmal to be failed in a fitness test, as he had similar issues to be dropped from the the ODI and T20I squads for the recent West Indies series too. Though this time he was ready to take part in the mega event, and was in England for the last moment preparation.
Akmal has represented the Men-in-Green in 116 ODIs and scored 3,044 runs at an average of 34.59.
The changes to the final squad are unlikely to need ratification from the ICC as according to tournament rules, teams are allowed to tweak their squads until May 24.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com