LAHORE (92 News) Ė taking U-turn Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Wednesday put on hold Umar Akmalís one-match suspension, which means he will be available to play the T20 against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday.
The decision was made after the player appealed against the suspension; the PCB confirmed that his penalty stands suspended till his appeal is decided upon by a tribunal.
Umar was handed the one-match suspension last week for a clothing breach in Pakistanís domestic first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
He had been reprimanded twice earlier for the same offence, before being given the ban, which was applicable to his very next game any official level of cricket Ė scheduled to be Fridayís T20. All through, Umar had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi had requested the board for relaxation in Umer Akmalís issue after which the PCB bulldozed its own rules and allowed Umer Akmal to play T20 against New Zealand in Auckland.