LEICESTER - Leicestershire are in advanced talks to sign Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal for part of their T20 Blast campaign this summer, BBC Radio Leicester reports. The 24-year-old would provide cover for Grant Elliott when the New Zealander is representing his country. Akmal is an aggressive middle-order batsman who has played 16 Test matches and 111 one-day internationals. All-rounder Elliott has signed a deal which starts with their opening T20 Blast game with Derbyshire on 22 May. –Agencies