The Pakistan Cricket Board has sentenced wicketkeeper batsman Umar Akmal to a three-year-ban after the cricketer twice failed to report corruption practices to the PCB. The ban, spread across all forms of cricket, has been handed by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan. Also Read - Javed Miandad Slams PCB Over Resumption of PSL During Covid-19 Pandemic, Says "This is Not The Right Time to Play Cricket"
“Umar Akmal handed three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” a tweet sent out by PCB read. Also Read - PSL Franchises Ask PCB to Move Remainder of Tournament to UAE
The PCB had formally charged Akmal with two breaches of its anti-corruption code for two unrelated incidents on March 20. In February, Akmal was suspended by the PCB with immediate effect for not reporting details of the approach made to him ahead of this year’s PSL. Also Read - India vs Pakistan Rivalry to Resume in 2021? PCB Asked to be Prepared For Bilateral Series
The board suggested that an investigation be held by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit, where the 29-year-old could have pleaded innocence and contested the charges. However, since Akmal decided otherwise, his case was sent to the Disciplinary Panel and the verdict was delivered during a meeting at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.
“The PCB doesn’t take any pleasure in seeing a promising international cricketer being declared ineligible for three years on corruption charges, but this is once again a timely reminder to all who think they can get away by breaching the anti-corruption code,” PCB Director (Anti-Corruption and Security) Asif Mahmood, said.
“If some cricketers decide to take the Code in their hands, then this is how things will pan out. I request all professional cricketers to stay away from the menace of corruption and immediately inform relevant authorities as soon as they are approached.”
Akmal is no stranger to controversy. Since his Pakistan debut in 2009, the wicketkeeper batsman has struggled to maintain his fitness which has resulted in plenty of fines and bans. Not too long ago, he was suspended for three months after publicly slamming former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, which wasn’t long after he was reprimanded by the PCB for exposing himself to a trainer in frustration.