Umar called up by Pakistan


Umar Akmal has been added to the Pakistan Twenty20 squad after being cleared of allegations of bringing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan cricket into disrepute.

Umar was initially overlooked and had been issued with a show cause notice as the PCB launched an inquiry after media reports of an alleged off-field incident in Hyderabad.

However, he has now been cleared and will take the place of Iftikhar Ahmed in the group for the three-game series against England in United Arab Emirates later this month.

"Now that [Umar] has been cleared after an inquiry into the Hyderabad incident, he has been included in the squad with Iftikhar Ahmed being called back," chief selector Haroon Rashid said in statement.

Imad Wasim has been ruled out of the three T20s having not recovered from a fractured finger sufficiently, with Bilal Asif staying on as part of the squad in his place.

"I don't think there is enough healing to allow him to play international cricket at this stage for the fear of further damaging the joint," PCB doctor Sohail Saleem said

"I will wait for another two weeks for another review, so unfortunately his prospects of representing Pakistan in T20Is against England are non-existent."