Umar Akmal didn’t show remorse after failing to report corrupt approaches: PCB disciplinary panel head

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Karachi, Pakistan Published: May 08, 2020, 07.49 PM(IST)

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Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal, after being imposed a three-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches, didn’t show any remorse nor did he seek an apology after the verdict, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary observed in his detailed judgement.

Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal, after being imposed a three-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches, didn’t show any remorse nor did he seek an apology after the verdict, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary observed in his detailed judgement. Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan submitted a detailed judgement to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which was made public on Friday. 

Akmal was found guilty for two charges under PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code as the judgement disqualified him from involving in cricket-related activities till February 19, 2023. The 29-year-old batsman has 14 days to appeal against the two three-year bans which will run concurrently. The detailed judgement also stated that Akmal tried to refuge under the pretext that he has always reported any such approaches in past.

“It appears that he (Umar Akmal) is not prepared to show remorse and seek apology, make admission that he failed to fulfill his responsibility under Anti-Corruption Code...,” Justice Chauhan said in the judgement.

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“...rather he tried to take refuge under the pretext that in the past whenever any such approaches were made, the matter was reported by him,” he said.
Akmal was suspended on the eve of Pakistan Super League 2020 before being charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated cases on March 17. 

“The charge as framed is proved and the participant (Umar Akmal) has rendered himself liable to be punished for breach of Article 2.4.4,” Justice Chauhan said.

“It is also admitted by him (Umar Akmal) that he failed to report the approaches and invitation to the PCB Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department, as required by the PCB Code, Article 2.4.4.

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“In view of the above charge as framed, stood proven and the participant has rendered himself to be punished under Article 6.2 of the PCB Code,” he added.

Akmal, who is also the younger brother of Kamran Akmal, last played for Pakistan in October while featuring in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s and scored 1003, 3194 and 1690 runs respectively. 

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