The Pakistan Cricket Board has banned middle-order batsman Umar Akmal from playing cricket for three years for violating the anti-corruption code.
According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Chairman Disciplinary Panel Justice (retd) Fazal Miran Chauhan has given a brief verdict on Monday banning Umar Akmal from playing any form of cricket for three years.
The case was heard at the National Cricket Academy Lahore. Umar Akmal appeared in person while Pakistan Cricket Board was represented by Tafzal Rizvi Advocate.
According to the PCB, Umar Akmal was issued a notice of charge on March 17 for twice violating Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. The PCB had referred the case of Umar Akmal to the chairman disciplinary panel on April 9 for not appearing before the anti-corruption tribunal.
Umar Akmal was charged twice by the PCB for violating Article 2.4.4 of the Anti-Corruption Code.
Under this article, players are charged who do not inform the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without any unnecessary delay) about any person's offer of corruption.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director of Anti-Corruption and Security Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Asif Mahmood said that the PCB was not happy about the three-year ban on an international cricketer due to corruption charges. It is a timely reminder that those who think they can escape by violating the anti-corruption code.
Lt. Col. (retd) Asif Mehmood said, “The Anti-Corruption Unit regularly organizes education seminars and refresher courses at all levels to make all cricketers aware of their responsibilities, even if some cricketers take the law into their own hands. If we try, then this will be the result.
The Director Anti-Corruption and Security said, "We urge all professional cricketers to stay away from the scourge of corruption and immediately inform the concerned authorities in case of any contact.
Panel chief Fazal Miran Chauhan heard the spot-fixing case against Umar Akmal at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. In his brief decision, he decided to ban Umar Akmal for three years.