LAHORE – T20 batsman Umar Akmal has been replaced with Haris Sohail for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2017 to be held in England and Wales, according to a PCB press release on Tuesday.

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.

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) National Selection Committee, headed by former national team captain Inzamama-ul-Haq, 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.