PCB suspends Umar Akmal under Anti-Corruption Code

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STAFF REPORT

LAHORE

The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect for an alleged breach of its Anti-Corruption code, the board said in a statement on Thursday, 20 February.

The statement didn’t reveal the details behind the suspension, but said Akmal was charged under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, under which the PCB can “in circumstances where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, to Provisionally Suspend the Participant pending the Anti-Corruption Tribunal’s determination of whether he/she has committed an offence.”

Akmal will therefore be disallowed from taking part in any cricket-related activity under the PCB, “pending the investigation being carried out by PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit”.

Akmal, earlier this month, was reprimanded by the PCB after “an incident” with a staff member at Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy in Lahore after failing a fitness test. PCB said he had since “offered his regrets” and was “reminded him of his responsibilities as a senior cricketer”.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Anwar Ali will replace Umar Akmal in the Quetta Gladiators’ line-up for the HBL Paksitan Super League 2020 following the event’s technical committee’s approval.

The technical committee is chaired by PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan and it includes Bazid Khan, Marina Iqbal, Sameer Khosa and Dr Sohail Saleem.

The 32-year-old comes in as a Silver category player and has turned out for Quetta Gladiators in all previous editions. Anwar has scored 191 runs and taken 23 wickets in 32 HBL PSL matches.