Pakistan have removed batsman Umar Akmal from their squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The middle-order batsman failed to prove his fitness in two tests conducted on two days.
“He has failed two fitness tests during the ongoing camp there in England ahead of Champions Trophy,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. Also Check- ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Warm-up Matches Schedule
“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,” he added.
Umar Amin and Harris Sohail are being considered as Akmal’s replacements. However, both the players have been out of Pakistan ODI team for over two years.
Akmal has been in the centre of many controversies. Recently, during the Pakistan Cup, he was involved in an ugly spat with fast bowler Junaid Khan. Also Read- Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan can beat India, says Inzamam-ul-Haq
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said that fitness has become a priority for Pakistan cricket team. “We had set a fitness standard which isn’t really a tough one to start with,” he said.
“But he still didn’t meet the average level. So whoever the player is, whatever his performance is like, we could not select him. Akmal being dropped is a reprimand and it’s a major blow for any player. He is a good player, we needed him, but we had to take a decision,” Inzamam added.