Haris Sohail replaces Umar Akmal in Champions Trophy squad

Haris Sohail replaces Umar Akmal in Champions Trophy squad

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) National Selection Committee has decided to replace Umar Akmal with Haris Sohail for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2017, to be held in England and Wales, a press release issued Tuesday said.

Headed by former national team captain Inzamama-ul-Haq, the National Selection Committee had called Umar Amin, Asif Zakir and Haris Sohail for a fitness test today at the National Cricket Academy in a bid to determine which player would replace Akmal.

After testing all three players and based on the reports submitted by the trainer, the committee decided to select Haris Sohail as Akmal’s replacement for the tournament, which is set to begin from June 1.

Akmal had earlier failed to pass the fitness test in the pre-camp for the Champions Trophy in Birmingham, the second fitness test he had failed in two months, prompting officials to remove him from the national squad and ask the cricketer to return home to work on his fitness.

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