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Anwar Ali replaces suspended Umar Akmal in Quetta Gladiators squad
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Anwar Ali replaces suspended Umar Akmal in Quetta Gladiators squad

All-rounder Anwar Ali has been added to Quetta Gladiators' squad following the suspension of Umar Akmal by the PCB under its anti-corruption code.

The decision to include Anwar in the PSL defending champions' line-up was taken after the approval of the event's technical committee.

The technical committee includes Bazid Khan, Marina Iqbal, Sameer Khosa, Dr Sohail Saleem and is chaired by PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan.

The 32-year-old, who has represented Pakistan in 22 ODIs and 16 T20Is, has been a part of the Quetta Gladiators squad in all previous editions of the T20 competition.

The right-arm paceman has taken 23 wickets in 32 PSL matches at an average of 35.21 and an economy rate of just over 8.50. Also known for his power-hitting credentials, Anwar has racked up 191 runs across four seasons of the PSL.

Anwar went unsold in the PSL draft held in the first week of December and now comes in as a Silver category player for the Gladiators.

Umar was earlier retained by Quetta in the Gold category as the side's Brand Ambassador in the retention lists revealed by the franchises before the draft.

The middle-order batsman was suspended from taking part in any cricket-related activity by the PCB on Thursday, hours ahead of the commencement of PSL 5. He remains suspended from the game "pending the investigation being carried out by PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit".

Quetta Gladiators begin their title defence in the tournament opener against Islamabad United at the National Stadium, Karachi.