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Umar Akmal withdrawn from Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad

Umar Akmal has failed fitness tests once again
Umar Akmal has failed fitness tests once again
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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been withdrawn from the squad for the Champions Trophy tournament after failing fitness two fitness tests in as many days.

Akmal, who was among the rest of the squad in a training camp in England will now head back to Pakistan with his replacement likely to either Umar Amin and Haris Sohail according to a report from ESPNcricinfo.

"He has failed two fitness tests during the ongoing camp there in England ahead of Champions Trophy," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said.

"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."

Earlier, the 26-year-old was not considered for his side's tour of West Indies on fitness grounds and last featured for Pakistan during the ODI series in Australia, where he failed to reach a single half-century in five matches.

Akmal has played 116 ODIs for Pakistan in which he has scored 3044 runs including 20 fifties and two centuries.

Pakistan will play warm up games against Bangladesh and Australia on 27th and 29th May before beginning their Champions Trophy campaign with their arch rivals India in Birmingham.

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