All-rounder Haris Sohail has been called up by Pakistan as a replacement for unfit batsman Umar Akmal in their champions trophy squad.

Akmal failed two fitness tests after joining the group in Birmingham last week.

That came after the 27-year-old was also left out of Pakistan’s limited-over squads for their tour of West Indies in march for being overweight.

The national selection committee headed by Inzamam ul Haq had called Umar Amin, Haris Sohail and Asif Zakir for a fitness test at the national cricket academy to replace Umar

The NCA trainer conducted the test of all three players Haris Sohail has been selected to replace Umar Akmal for the champions trophy.

Haris Sohail has not played for Pakistan since the limited-over series against Zimbabwe in Lahore in may 2015, after which he suffered a knee injury which required surgery.

The left-handed batsman, who also bowls left-arm spin, has played 22 one-day internationals and four twenty20 internationals.

Pakistan open their pool b campaign against arch-rivals India in Birmingham on June 4. They also play South Africa at the same venue three days later and Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 12.

Hosts England, Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand form Pool A, with the top two teams from each pool qualifying for the semi-finals.

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