Umar Akmal banned for three years from all cricket activities

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From Sports Correspondent

LAHORE: Controversial Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been banned from all formats of cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption body yesterday for not reporting a fixing offer.

According to the spokesman for the PCB, Umar Akmal is handed over three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (r) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan.

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.

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.

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