Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday under the Anti-Corruption Code, a statement from the board said. 

The 29-year-old batsman was suspended with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which means he cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit.

Quetta Gladiators, the Pakistan Super League franchise Akmal represents, will be allowed to apply for a replacement for Akmal. The defending champions will take on two-time former winners Islamabad United in the opening match of PSL 2020 at Karachi’s National Stadium on Thursday.

Earlier this month, reports of the batsman exposing himself during a skin-fold test had emerged. Akmal had exposed himself entirely during the test, asking his trainer, “Where is the fat?”

His action was defended by his elder brother Kamran Akmal who termed the entire episode as nothing more than a “misunderstanding”, adding that Umar had done it in “mischief.”

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