A massive blow to defending champions Quetta Gladiators as their middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under their anti-corruption code.
According to the sources, Akmal had been caught with two mobile phones late Wednesday in the hotel’s room. The cricketer was along with his family.
Today, the PCB in a statement revealed immediate suspension on the national cricketer under article 4.7.1, which is all about corruption code and conduct. Akmal is now under investigation for corruption allegations.
On the other hand, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and CEO Wasim Khan met with Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Omar to discuss the matter. PCB allowed the franchise to pick replacement as they will take on Islamabad United in the opening match against Islamabad United today [Fabruary 20] at 9:00PST.
Article 4.7.1 (a) the PCB decides to charge a Participant with an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code; or (b) the PCB considers that there are other exceptional circumstances relevant to a Participant (for example, where any relevant police authority has arrested and/or charged a Participant with an offence under any relevant criminal law in respect of facts or circumstances that may also constitute an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code), it, shall have the discretion, in circumstances where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, to Provisionally Suspend the Participant pending the Anti-Corruption Tribunal‟s determination of whether he/she has committed an offence. Any decision to Provisionally Suspend the Participant will be communicated to the Participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the ICC and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated.