Pakistan's Akmal banned for breaching anti-corruption code
April 27, 2020 08:09 PM NPT
FILE PHOTO: Pakistan's Umar Akmal looks up at his dismissal on the big screen during their Cricket World Cup match against South Africa in Auckland, March 7, 2015. REUTERS/Nigel Marple
LAHORE, April 27: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been banned from all cricket for three years after a disciplinary panel on Monday found him guilty of breaking his country’s anti-corruption codes.
Akmal, a 29-year-old right-hander who has played in 200 internationals across three formats of the game since 2009, was charged last month with two unrelated breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The clause under which Akmal was found guilty relates to a failure to inform authorities about approaches to engage in corrupt practices, including match-fixing or spot-fixing.
“He cannot play cricket at any level now. The detailed verdict will be issued by the panel later,” a PCB spokesman said.