‘Unfit’ Umar Akmal to miss Champions Trophy

Ahead of the Champions Trophy, Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been asked to return from England after failing two fitness tests in two days.

PCB has decided to call Umar Akmal back and send a replacement   -  AP

Ahead of the Champions Trophy, Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been asked to return from England after failing two fitness tests in two days. With the mega event scheduled to start later next week, the selectors are considering Umar Amin and Haris Sohail as Akmal’s alternative.

“He has failed two fitness tests during the ongoing camp in England,” PCB chairman Shahryar Khan confirmed. The PCB has a policy which doesn’t allow unfit players to travel with the team. “It has been decided to call him back and send a replacement. We have a deadline until May 25 so we are deliberating on the possible replacements,” Khan said.

While Amin and Sohail are being considered as replacements by the selectors, it should be noted that both Amin and Sohail have not played ODIs for a few years.

While, Amin’s last match was in October 2014, Sohail played his last ODI in May 2015 in Lahore against Zimbabwe. “We had a set a fitness standard which isn't really a tough one to start with,” said chief PCB selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

“But he (Akmal) still didn't meet the average level. So whoever the player is, whatever his performance is like, we could not select him. Akmal being dropped is a reprimand and it's a major blow for any player. He is a good player, we needed him, but we had to take a decision," he added.

Last week, the PCB had imposed a fine, besides issuing a warning to the right-handed batsman over misconduct during a domestic tournament last month. He was also involved in a spat with Junaid Khan during the Pakistan Cup.

With inputs from Agencies

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