PCB releases detailed verdict, quashes Umar Akmal's hopes of having ban slashed

PCB releases detailed verdict, quashes Umar Akmal’s hopes of having ban slashed

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On Friday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disciplinary team issued a detailed verdict on his case. Batman Umar Akmal hoped that the partial suspension of the ban was declared over. He reiterated that he neither expressed regret nor resolved the unreported Apology.

Panel Chairman Judge Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan (retired) has imposed a three-year injunction on each of the two allegations of violations of the PCB Anti-Corruption Law, which will take effect from the date of entry into force. According to the PCB press release, Akmal will be suspended on February 20, 2020.

The PCB stated that the two unqualified periods will take place at the same time, which means that Akmal is now eligible to return to cricket on February 19, 2023.

Justice (R) Chauhan, in his comments, said that “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, Article 2.4.4.”

According to the head of the expert group, Akmar “tries to take refuge, and in the past, as long as he took any such method, he would report the matter.”

The panel explained that Akmar ’s behavior, especially his lack of cooperation, left no room for relief.

“As far as Charge No.1 is concerned, I do not see any circumstances to mitigate the nature of offence, particularly, when the participant (Umar Akmal) has not cooperated with the PCB Vigilance and Security Department and the investigating team,” Justice (R) Chauhan said.

“In view of the admission of the participant (Umar Akmal) that he failed to disclose to PCB Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department, the details of the approaches and invitations extended to him without unnecessary delay. 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.

“Charge No.2, breach of Article 2.4.4 of the Code by failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department of the PCB, full details of the approaches and invitations received by you (Umar Akmal) to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code in respect of matches in PSL 2020.

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

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