Akmal banned for clothing violation


Pakistan will be without Umar Akmal for their opening Twenty20 clash with New Zealand after he was handed a one-game ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Akmal's suspension relates to a domestic clash last week when he was found to have broken the PCB's clothing guidelines, a violation that carries over to any form of cricket.

The batsman had been warned on two previous occasions about his conduct, and his third breach has incurred the penalty from the match referee.

"The PCB has informed us that Umar Akmal was handed a one-match ban by the match referee last week in Karachi for breach of code," Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam told ESPNcricinfo. 

"The suspension applies to the next game regardless of whatever the format and level is, and we are not going to play him in first T20 against New Zealand but he will be available for the next games."

Pakistan open their tour of New Zealand with the first of three T20 games in Auckland on Friday.