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Pakistani cricketer Akmal banned for 3 years

Pakistani cricketer Akmal banned for 3 years

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Apr 28, 2020 - 17:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon Cricket Board on Monday banned Umar Akmal for three years ban all forms of cricket over failing to report match-fixing offer.

The middle order batsman was banned after pleading guilty to failing to report match-fixing approaches.

Chairman of the PCB Disciplinary Panel, Justice retired Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, in a short order on Monday, handed Umar Akmal a three-year ban from all cricket.

Umar, who turns 30 in May, withdrew last month from challenging the charges. Umar’s ban is effective from February 20, when he was provisionally suspended by the board under its anti-corruption code.

The codes states a player must report being approached to fix games. The decision was announced by a disciplinary committee after a brief hearing of the PCB.

Umar burst onto the scene with a century in his first Test in 2009, but his career has been marred by disciplinary problems, resulting in various bans and fines.

He was arrested in February 2014 after a scuffle with a traffic warden who stopped him for a signal violation.

Umar last represented Pakistan in two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in Lahore last year, falling to first ball ducks on both occasions.

He has so far played 16 Tests, 121 one-day games and 84 Twenty20s for Pakistan. The PCB will release reasons as soon as it receives the decision from Justice Chauhan.

In a detailed hearing held at the National Cricket Academy, Umar Akmal decided to represent himself and was heard at length, while the PCB was represented by Taffazul Rizvi

Akmal was charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents on 17 March. 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.

Meanwhile PCB Director Anti-Corruption and Security, Lt Col AsifMahmood, 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.”

Meanwhile TaffazulRizvi, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s legal representative, said Akmal has the option to appeal against the ban.

Pk/ma

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