LEICESTER - Leicestershire have announced the signing of Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal to play in the NatWest T20 Blast as cover for Grant Elliott. Akmal will be available to play in four games in June, while Elliott is with New Zealand for their ODI series against England. "This will be my first time playing T20 for a county and I am very excited to be handed this opportunity," Akmal said. "The club have put their trust in me so I will give my 100 percent efforts to repay their faith."–Agencies