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Umar Akmal available for first T20 against New Zealand as PCB suspended ban

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LAHORE:  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)  has suspended one-match ban against Umar Akmal, which means he will be available for the first Tw20 match against New Zealand in Auckland on coming Friday.

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25-year-old ,middle-order batsman  was banned  for a clothing breach in  during Qauid-e-Azam Trophy.  He was warned twice for the same breach, before given the ban. According to Clothing and Equipment regulation of PCB, player found guilty of breaching, will be banned for one-match.

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PCB said, “Umar has advised PCB that he wishes to appeal against the ban, 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.”

Playing for the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited during Qauid-e-Azam trophy, Akmal was spotted to have committed  a level one offence by putting two logos instead of the one, as it was allowed by PCB.

Pakistan team is touring New Zealand for  T20 and ODI series.  Pakistan will play its first T20 against New Zealand on Jan  15 , second match will be played on  Jan 17 and last match of T20 series will be played on Jan 22.

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