Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has been banned from playing all sorts of representative cricket for 3 years by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Since his debut in 2009, Umar had a roller-coaster ride with respect to his performances and disciplinary actions. Now, with PCB handing him with a 3-year ban- the 29-year has faced the biggest setback in his already troubled career.
The reason for the ban is because the right-handed batsman failed to report the details of corrupt approaches made to him. Akmal’s case was being handled by the PCB disciplinary committee as the 29-year old forego the right to hearing before the anti-corruption tribunal. This means Umar let go the chance of proving himself innocent and gave the authority to Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan for giving him any sort of penalization.
Umar Akmal has been charged with two breaches of PCB’S anti-corruption code. These come under Article 2.4.4 stating, “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".
Recently, Umar was also accused of engaging in a dispute with a fitness trainer from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), however, in that case, PCB handled the situation without inflicting many charges on him. Umar’s ridiculous behavior towards the game was recently bashed by Pakistan’s former coach Micky Arthur, who said that it was frustrating to deal with Umar Akmal.
Now, with Akmal’s ban news circulating over media, Ramiz Raja also cashed in while saying that it is high time for Pakistan to pass a legislative law on match-fixing cases. He also tagged Umar’s ban as a waste of talent. Representing Pakistan in 221 International matches, Umar scored 5887 runs. This life-changing decision of PCB could put an end to the scuffling career of Umar Akmal.