The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned Umar Akmal from all forms of the game for three years for failing to ‘report corrupt approaches’ ahead of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020. Akmal had earlier stated in an interview that he was offered money to skip matches against India. Akmal has played in 16 Tests, 121 one-day internationals and 84 Twenty20s.
The PCB took to Twitter to make the announcement and their post read: “Umar Akmal handed three year ban from all cricket by chairman of disciplinary panel Justice (retd.) Faizal-e-Miran Chauhan.” The 29-year-old last played a Test for Pakistan in late 2009 but his last international appearance was in last October in the T20 home series against Sri Lanka in Lahore last year, falling to first ball ducks on both occasions.
The decision was announced by a disciplinary committee after a brief hearing of the PCB. Earlier, Akmal pleads guilty to failing to report match-fixing approaches. Akmal had not requested for a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal after he was charged for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents.
In a press release, the PCB represented by Taffazul Rizvi said, “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.”
Akmal’s ban is effective from February 20, when he was provisionally suspended by the board under its anti-corruption code, which states a player must report being approached to fix games. The PCB said it will release more details as soon as it receives them from Justice Chauhan. A PCB spokesman added: “He cannot play cricket at any level now. The detailed verdict will be issued by the panel later.”
He was also suspended from the PSL immediately barring him from playing for Quetta Gladiators. Article 2.4.4 of the code reads: “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”.
Article 4.8.1 of the code reads: “In such circumstances, a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal shall not be required. Instead, the chairman of the disciplinary panel (sitting alone) shall issue a public decision confirming the offence(s) under this Anti-Corruption Code specified in the notice of charge and the imposition of an applicable sanction within the range specified in the notice of charge.
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