PCB to investigate Umar Akmal’s fitness row: Shaharyar

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Umar Akmal
Akmal was dropped from the Pakistan squad for the eight-team tournament and flown back home after he failed a fitness test. — AFP/File
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Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has raised his eyebrows on the recent oust of batsman Umar Akmal from the national squad for the upcoming ICC champions Trophy after he failed a fitness test.

Akmal was dropped from the Pakistan squad for the eight-team tournament and flown back home after he failed a fitness test.

The right-hander, who failed to make it to the national side for their tour of the West Indies, regained his fitness in the recently concluded Pakistan Cup and was therefore selected for the Champions Trophy, but somehow got declared unfit after an on-tour fitness test, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had said on Monday.

Shaharyar believed its questionable how Akmal lost his fitness in a matter of four weeks and said ‘someone should take responsibility for it.’

“It is to be seen whether we was already unfit or not. We will investigate the situation and find out what actually went wrong,” said the PCB Chief while addressing media on Tuesday.

Akmal has struggled to cement his place in the national side after making a good start to his international career in 2009. His career has been filled with issues ranging from discipline to fitness and under-performance.

Pakistan kick off their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals India at Birmingham on June 4 followed by their clashes against South Africa and Sri Lanka on June 7 and 12 respectively.

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