The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned Test cricketer Umar Akmal from all forms of the game for three years, the cricket board announced on Monday.
According to the details, PCB Disciplinary Panel’s chairman Mr. Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan heard Akmal’s case under Anti-Corruption code. After listening to Akmal’s stance, Justice Chauhan decided to hand three years ban to the cricketer.
It must be noted here that Akmal was charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. The cricketer was suspended just a day before the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 after failing to report suspected approaches.
PCB Director – Anti-Corruption and Security, Lt Col Asif Mahmood, 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.”
On the other hand, PCB’s legal advisor Tafadul Rizvi claimed that Akmal didn’t accept charges made on him. “He [Akmal] kept on making excuses instead of accepting charges against him,” he said.
The 29-years-old cricketer now has 14 days’ time to appeal against the decision. “He has now 14 days to appeal against the decision,” Rizvi stated.