Umar Akmal celebrates after scoring fifty against Sri Lanka during their Asia Cup final cricket match in Dhaka.File / AP
The PCB did not reveal the exact nature of Akmal’s offense, but said in a statement that "the batsman cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit.”
The suspension means Akmal will not be able to represent Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League as the title defenders will take on Islamabad United in the opening match later on Thursday night.
The PCB said that Quetta could apply for Akmal’s replacement for the fifth edition of the tournament, which will be played in its entirety in Pakistan for the first time in four years.
Last week the PCB reprimanded Akmal but did not sanction the batsman for his alleged misbehaviour with a staff member after a failed fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
He was also sent back home from England in 2017 when he failed a fitness test before the Champions Trophy, which Pakistan won.
The 29-year-old Akmal made a century in his debut test against New Zealand in 2009, but has played only 16 test matches since, scoring 1,003 runs with the last test against Zimbabwe in 2011.
In white-ball cricket, Akmal scored 3,194 runs in 121 ODIs and 1,690 runs in 84 Twenty20s.
The Pakistan Cricket Board also said that the decision to reschedule Monday’s game was made with an aim to allow players "sufficient time to relax, refocus and regroup following the testing and in the best interest of the competition.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and owners of the six clubs made the decision on Thursday, a week after the Twenty20 league was postponed.
Karachi: Karachi Kings defeated Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets in the opening match the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday. Arshad Iqbal was the wrecker-in-chief as he accounted for the three dismissals, conceding only 16 runs in his three overs to help Kings set up a thumping win in the first match and set the tone for the tournament.
Shane Watson (80 off 41 balls) kept Quetta Gladiators in the hunt with his first half century in this year’s PSL but once he was dismissed in the 16th over Quetta's victory push faltered with the team eventually reaching 169-7.
Organised under the aegis of Dubai Sports Council, the events attracted more than 25,000 in-person spectators, including thousands of boisterous supporters at the IPL finale.
The highly-anticipated card will take place at MotoSpace on Friday, November 26, and will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
In addition, on December 4th and 5th, fans will be able to watch the “Sleeping Beauty” ice show, directed by Olympic figure skating champion, Tatiana Navka, the Olympic champion in figure skating.