Controversial Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was charged with two breaches of anti-corruption code for two unrelated incidents by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday. The right-handed batsman had been provisionally suspended on February 20, and was issued the notice of charge on March 17.
He now has 14 days (till March 31) to respond to it in writing. Umar Akmal brother was initially suspended from all cricket-related activity in February due to what was described as an ongoing investigation. No details on the specifics of the investigation were given at the time. That suspension meant that he missed the entirety of this year’s Pakistan Super League – the first time the whole competition took place in Pakistan.
Life ban a possibility:
Things could get much, much more worse for Umar Akmal in the coming days. The out-of-favour is now facing potential lifetime ban after PCB anti-corruption charge. According to article 6.2 of the PCB’s anti-corruption code, anyone found guilty of breaching article 2.4.4 of the code:
“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” – can face anything from a six month to lifetime ban from the game.
Previously, he has publicly talked about approaches to engage in corrupt activity before. In 2018, Umar Akmal revealed an incident of approach by a bookie, saying: “I got an offer during the World Cup to leave two balls and they were willing to pay me $200,000.”
The PCB soon jumped into action event though he categorically denied ever accepting such an offer. The cricket board asked him to meet anti-corruption officials once the news had been made public. Later, he also reported an approach in 2019 during the Global T20 League in Canada.
Umar Akmal and controversy go hand-in-hand. His career has been plagued with incidents of indiscipline which has played a big role in his inconsistent international career.
Before these latest anti-corruption charges he found himself in hot water with the PCB for his alleged misbehaviour with a staff member after a failed fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Fortunately for him, the PCB put the incident down to a “misunderstanding” following a two-day inquiry. Umar Akmal last played for Pakistan in October 2019.