PCB bans Umar Akmal for three years on corruption charges

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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal banned for three years on corruption chargesPCB. Controversial Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was banned Monday from all forms of cricket for three years after pleading guilty to failing to report match-fixing approaches, the country’s cricket board announced.

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned cricketer Umar Akmal for three years from all forms of cricket on corruption charges.

“Umar Akmal handed three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a tweet.

Earlier, Akmal had said during an interview that he was offered $200,000 by fixers to leave two deliveries in one of the matches. He also claimed that he was offered money to skip matches against India.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned test cricketer Umar Akmal for three years from all forms of cricket on corruption charges.

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“Umar Akmal is handed over three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retd) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” said a spokesman for the PCB here.

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The hearing took place at the National Cricket Academy and safety precautions and social distancing measures were strictly enforced in order to safeguard all those involved. In a detailed hearing, Umar decided to represent himself and was heard at length, while the PCB was represented by Mr Taffazul Rizvi.

Umar was charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents on 17 March and he had responded within the stipulated deadline. He was provisionally suspended on 20 February 2020.


On 9 April, the PCB referred the matter to Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee after determining that the batsman had not requested for a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal.

Umar during an interview earlier had said that he was offered $200,000 by fixers to leave two deliveries in one of the matches. He also claimed that he was offered money to skip matches against India.

“I was once offered $200,000 for leaving two deliveries. I was also offered to skip matches against India,” he said in the same interview.

The batsman also said that he was approached during ICC World Cup, 2015 edition played in Australia and New Zealand. He had failed to mention if he had reported this to the anti-corruption unit or not.

According to the ICC anti-corruption code 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, players are bound to report all the corrupt approaches made to them during any event and failure of doing so carry a minimum punishment of five years.

PCB Director Anti-Corruption and Security Lt-Col Asif Mahmood, after the verdict 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.

“The anti-corruption unit regularly holds education seminars and refresher courses at all levels to remind all professional cricketers of their obligations and responsibilities. And even then 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. This is in their as well as their teams’ and country’s best interest.”

“I was once offered $200,000 for leaving two deliveries. I was also offered to skip matches against India,” he said in the interview.

The batsman also said that he was approached during ICC World Cup, including the 2015 edition played in Australia and New Zealand.

However, Akmal had failed to mention if he had reported this to the anti-corruption unit or not.

According to ICC anti-corruption code 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, players are bound to report all the corrupt approaches made to them during any event and failure of doing so carry a minimum punishment of five years.

Kamran Akmal shocked to hear decision

Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal reacted to Umar Akmal’s three-year ban saying that he was shocked to hear the decision.

“We will reach out to every platform for justice and will definitely exercise our right to appeal,” he said, adding that there are instances when punishments of lower degrees were allotted for similar charges.

“It is incomprehensible that why Umar Akmal is penalised so severely,” he objected, adding that a detailed decision is awaited in this regard.

‘Akmal can appeal within 14 days of issuance of detailed verdict’

Separately, PCB’s legal adviser Taffazul Haider Rizvi has said the 29-year-old can appeal against the ban within 14 days of Justice Chauhan issuing the detailed verdict.

“Akmal will be able to appeal to an independent adjudicator,” Rizvi said, adding that the detailed verdict would reveal when the punishment would come into force.

“Umar Akmal had accepted his mistake despite that he continued to give explanations for it,” the lawyer said.

He added that the PCB cannot punish bookies or third-parties as they do not come into their circle of authority. “It is up to the law enforcement agencies to take action against them,” he added.

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