Umar Akmal allowed to play Quaid e Azam Trophy by PCB

PCB finally allows Umar Akmal to return to domestic circuit after two years

By Web Desk
November 25, 2021
Umar Akmal. — AFP/File

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally allowed the 31-year-old right handed batsman Umar Akmal to return to domestic circuit after two years and he will play in the on-going Quaid e Azam Trophy — the country's premier first class tournament — for Balochistan.

The right hander will play in the seventh round of four-day tournament in Karachi against Southern Punjab. 

PCB had given him three years suspension as he failed to inform the board about the spot-fixing approaches made to him before the start of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.

Later, the three year ban was reduced to 18 months. However, in February this year it was further reduced to 12 months by Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and he was also fined Rs4.25 millions.

Akmal will return to Pakistan now, as he left for United States of America (USA) back in October to pursue his future where he also signed a short term contract with the Northern Cricket California Association.  

Meanwhile, on his Twitter handle, Akmal thanked PCB for allowing him to return to professional cricket once again.

Akmal has featured in 16 tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Pakistan. He last played an international match for Pakistan back in October 2019 in a T20 game against Sri Lanka.