PCB hands Umar Akmal three-year ban from all cricket

PCB hands Umar Akmal three-year ban from all cricket

Agency News

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handing Umar Akmal a ban from all representative cricket for three years after he pleaded guilty to failing to report details of corrupt approaches made to him ahead of this year's PSL.

Akmal's case had gone directly to the PCB disciplinary panel after he opted to forego the right to a hearing before the anti-corruption tribunal, where he could have pleaded his innocence and contested the charges. His decision not to do that meant, in effect, that he would accept whatever sanctions Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, the disciplinary committee chairman, imposed on him.

The PCB had formally charged Akmal with two breaches of its anti-corruption code for two unrelated incidents on March 20. The charges come under Article 2.4.4, which deals with: "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".