Umar Akmal’s reputation as a perennial problem-maker has met another hurdle as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has charged him on two counts of breaching the board’s anti-corruption code. The two unrelated incidents relate to Umar’s failure to report corrupt approaches immediately.
“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,” the relevant article stipulates.
He was issued the notice of charge on March 17 and has now been given two weeks to respond in writing. If the middle-order batsman is found guilty, he could face a ban ranging from six months to a lifetime suspension from all cricketing activities.
Umar was earlier provisionally suspended right on the cusp of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), prompting Quetta Gladiators to call Anwar Ali as his replacement.