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Kamran Akmal summoned by PCB

Umar Farooq

July 2, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal and Kamran Akmal rush to celebrate Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal with Shahid Afridi, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 30, 2011
The 2011 World Cup semifinal was Kamran Akmal's last match for Pakistan © Getty Images
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Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has been summoned to appear before the PCB's integrity committee on July 4. Akmal is yet to be cleared for national selection, according to PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, and was not picked for the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka.

"His hearing before the integrity committee is on Wednesday," Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo.

Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, had said Akmal needed to clear himself of integrity issues before being eligible for selection. Akmal, however, has taken part in all of Pakistan's domestic tournaments and recently featured in the Bangladesh Premier League.

During the spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010, Akmal came under the scanner when he was sent a notice by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit after the Nottingham Test, seeking information about events related to the 2010 World Twenty20 held in the Caribbean. Akmal claimed he has an ICC clearance letter that says there is no inquiry pending against him. He also said he was open to any investigation and ready to share his assets and bank details every six months.

Akmal has had a controversial time behind the stumps over the course of his career and has been criticised frequently for his shoddy wicketkeeping. He was dropped after the 2011 World Cup semifinal, which Pakistan lost to India. However, none of his replacements have been able to cement their place in the team.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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