Out-of-favour Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal has been charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday for breaching the anti-corruption code for failing to disclose to the PCB, without unnecessary delay, full details of any approaches to engage in corrupt conduct. Also Read - COVID-19: Poonam Yadav Donates Rs 2 Lakh to Aid in The Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic
If Akmal fails in proving himself innocent, he could be facing a six months ban which could get extended to a lifetime. Also Read - Not MS Dhoni, Wasim Jaffer Names Rohit Sharma as Smartest Cricketing Brain
Here is what the PCB release says: Also Read - COVID-19: Sanjay Manjrekar Posts 'Today is Sunday' Amid Lockdown, Fans Respond Hilariously | POSTS
“The Pakistan Cricket Board has charged Umar Akmal with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents.
Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code reads as: “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code”.
Umar Akmal was issued the Notice of Charge on Tuesday, 17 March, and has 14 days (31 March 2020) to respond in writing to the charge.
According to Article 6.2, the range of permissible period of ineligibility for those charged and found guilty for a violation of Article 2.4.4 is a minimum of six months and a maximum of a lifetime.
Last month, hours before the start of the PSL, Quetta Gladiators player Akmal was banned from participating.
In limited-overs cricket, Akmal has played 121 ODIs and 84 Twenty20 matches. He was recalled last year for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in Lahore, but didn’t score in the first two games and was dropped.