Pakistan news January 13, 2016

Umar Akmal suspension put on hold


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Akmal suspension on hold puts Pakistan selection on ice

Umar Akmal's one-match suspension has been put on hold, which means he will be available to play the T20 against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday. The decision was made after the player appealed against the suspension; the PCB confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that his penalty stands suspended till his appeal is decided upon by a tribunal.

Umar was handed the one-match suspension last week for a clothing breach in Pakistan's domestic first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He had been reprimanded twice earlier for the same offence, before being given the ban, which was applicable to his very next game any official level of cricket - scheduled to be Friday's T20. All through, Umar had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"Umar has advised PCB that he wishes to appeal against the ban," the PCB said. "Since Umar has opted to appeal against the decision, hence as per the PCB's regulations, the penalty of one match will remain suspended until the decision of appellate tribunal."

The PCB had found a flaw in procedure days after the team management was informed not to play him in the opening game of the New Zealand tour. It is understood that there is a procedure in place that requires a match referee to conduct a formal hearing in any case where the player pleads not guilty to the offence. However that procedure was not followed, with the match referee handing out the penalty and taking the signature of team manager without hearing out the player. He was officially found to have breached the PCB code of conduct for players, relating to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match".

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • EDWARD on January 15, 2016, 0:00 GMT

    PCB is plumbing new depths of incompetence.

  • asad on January 14, 2016, 23:54 GMT

    I think by postponing Akmal's punishment PCB have actually done more harm than good to Akmal. See Akmal is an extremely talented batsman but he isn't matured for some reason. He seems to play his best innings when someone like Kamran, Afridi, Misbah or Malik is at the other end (basically when he's the junior batsman of the partnership) and does stupid things off the field continuously. If Akmal gets punished for all these types of incidents then it should make him more disciplined which would make him more mature. @GOLGO_85: I agree that Akmal should be given a chance up the order and I think it should be an extended run. I think Akmal is similar to Rohit Sharma seeing that both are often said to be very talented batsmen but are often criticized for lack of consistency. Sharma is now tried as an opener & although he's still not consistent sometimes, he's done big things so maybe Akmal can do the same if he gets to open. Anyhow IMO Akmal should be playing the top 4 for sure.

  • mohammad on January 14, 2016, 21:52 GMT

    NZ is red hot. It does not matter Akmal is in or out. Pak does not have consistently playing quality batsmen. So, NZ is expected to win, unless Amir makes a difference. PCB, as usual have made a circus again.

  • Dilan on January 14, 2016, 2:00 GMT

    i can't wait to this tournament start i love both teams especially pakistan bowling unit they always had best bowling unit left arm, right arm, spin this gone be cracking game if they play well amir back,wahab their umar gul..etc akmal available can't wait gonna be good series

  • TARIQ on January 14, 2016, 0:09 GMT

    @Golgo-85 agreed 100%, only PCB can ruined such a talent with mis-management and utter complacency, I remember him playing in Srilanka when he started his test carrier and made lots of runs, then he came to Newzeland and again was the most accomplished batsman amongst all the Pak batters on bouncy and seaming wickets but then management and captains started to send him where ever they liked instead of growing and establishing his carrier, he became the wip-guy of the team, he was expected to win matches and score runs whenever he is out to bat and if he is not successful in few matches, he been thrown out of the team, this killed his confidence and aspirations, unlike what India did with Kohli was to be patient with him and now he is a force, with right management, he can still be a valuable asset but with this PCB and Waqar,,I don't think so, What a Waste.

  • tahir on January 13, 2016, 23:55 GMT

    I am not surprised by PCB. The players have no discipline whatsoever and PCB is behaving just like the players.

    The state of our current ODI ranking is reflection of how our players and board is functioning.

    Players misbehave, no problem where as Australia let go their performing player Andrew Symonds who was good at slogging bowlers all the time not to mention James Faulkner. That's why AU is way way way way ahead of us in ODI.

    Pak ODI is dead in the water.

    RIP Pak ODI

  • HI on January 13, 2016, 22:34 GMT

    Pakistan T20 XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi (c), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir. Umar Akmal had been reprieved, then better select him. Pakistan need a right arm fastbowler, that's Anwar Ali. Good spinning optons in Captain Afridi, Shoaib Malik and some slow left arm from fit again Imad Wasim. But the real threat is from the new dynamic duo Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir who could wreck havoc on the green tops in Nieuw Zeeland.

  • zaf on January 13, 2016, 18:15 GMT

    PCB should fire U AKMAL. U AKMAL, Rizwaan, Asad Safiq, Anwar Ali, Yamin are not international level players nor deserve even in AFG team. They wasting new players chances and PCB time.

  • zaf on January 13, 2016, 18:13 GMT

    PAK team will loose all matches in NZ; as selection is not on merit. U AKMAL, Rizwaan, Asad Safiq, Anwar Ali, Yamin are not international level players nor deserve in PAK team. They wasting new players chances and PCB time.

  • Mayur Gada on January 13, 2016, 17:36 GMT

    A bad advertisement for the game

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