Umar Akmal banned from the first T20I match against New Zealand

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 10 January 2016

Umar Akmal banned from the first T20I match against New Zealand in Auckland due to breach PCB’s (Pakistan Cricket Board) code of conduct in a domestic match earlier this week.

Pakistan Team manager Intikhab Alam revealed that Umar would be unavailable for the first T20I match against New Zealand in Auckland on January 15. Pakistan will play three T20I matches and three ODI matches against New Zealand in the New Zealand tour which will be starting from 15th January. Umar is only in the T20I squad.

Intikhab Alam told ESPNcricinfo, “PCB has informed us that Umar Akmal was handed one-match ban by the match referee last week in Karachi for breach of the code. The suspension applies to the next game regardless of whatever the format and level is, and we are not going to play him in the first T20 against New Zealand but he will be available for next games.”

Umar committed a level one offence by sporting two logos on his kit when he was playing for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) in Quaid-e-Azam trophy final.

Department teams can wear only one logo in their kits after giving approval by the PCB. According to the PCB’s code of conduct, “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match” – considered as Level 1 offence.

Alam added, “As per the PCB rules the ban applies to the next first game, whether it’s a national level game or international one, so Umar will not be played in the first match.”

Earlier, the 25-years old right-handed batsman was also warned for the twice in the tournament due to the same reason.

Umar was also dropped from the three T20I-match series against England in UAE tour in November 2015 due to the allegation for misbehaving with women in a dance party. At later, he was cleared from the charges and included in the squad. 

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