Sydney Sixers cancels contract with Umar Akmal.Sydney Sixers has cancelled contract with Pakistani middle-order batsman Umar Akmal’s a day after he was allowed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play the series.Sydney Sixers said that Umar’s contract was cancelled because the player had a contract of five matches but he was only allowed to play one or two matches.Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan all rounder, has said they won’t play for Sydney Thunder despite being given permission by the PCB to participate in Australia’s Large Bash League. Afridi said they desired to play in Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 match in lieu and that clashes with Australia’s Twenty20 competition.
The PCB on Monday had allowed Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar to play in the Twenty20 series after initially refusing permission. Afridi, however, had cancelled his contract with Large Bash expressing his willingness to play the domestic series.
The Pakistan board had earlier granted Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Afridi permission to play a few games at this season’s Large Bash, on the request of Cricket Australia. Ajmal and Akmal will miss the last round of Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 match and will return in time for the conditioning camp in Lahore ahead of the India tour.
“I have ended my contract in the Large Bash League, because I need to play in the national event to improve my form and justify my choice in the team,” Afridi told AFP.
The PCB had earlier denied the players permission to play this BBL, to make positive their participation in the local match. Akmal is signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi was set to play for Sydney Thunder, having transferred from Melbourne Renegades.
As per the arrangement, the players will leave for the BBL at the finish of the group stages of Pakistan’s T20 competition; these finish on December 7, and the camp for which they must return begins on December 12. The BBL begins on December 7, and each of the concerned franchises have game scheduled between the 7th and 12th.
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