2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Umar Akmal set to return from England after failing two fitness Tests

22 May 2017, 01:02 PM
Umar Akmal - File Photo
Umar Akmal - File Photo

Pakistan's middle order batsman Umar Akmal is set to return from England after failing two fitness tests in two days ahead of the Champions Trophy beginning from June 1. 

"He has failed two fitness tests during the ongoing camp there in England ahead of Champions Trophy," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "So since we have a policy not to carry unfit players, 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."

The selectors are considering Umar Amin and Haris Sohail as replacements. Akmal had been recalled to the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy, after being dropped from the team that toured West Indies in April. He had initially been excluded from that squad as well, after he was the only player, among 31, to fail the fitness test during the camp held at the NCA in March. However, he proved his fitness during the Pakistan Cup in Rawalpindi.

First Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 12:56 PM
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