Pakistan’s Umar Akmal suspended under PCB Anti-Corruption Code
Umar Akmal will not be able to take part in any cricket matches including the Pakistan Super League (PSL) till PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit completes the investigation.Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 13:48 IST
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was on Thursday suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with immediate effect under Anti-Corruption Code pending investigation. Umar Akmal will not be able to take part in any cricket matches including the Pakistan Super League (PSL) till PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit completes the investigation.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments,” PCB said in a release.
Umar Akmal, who was part of the Quetta Gladiators in PSL, will in all probability be replaced by the franchise. “Quetta Gladiators are allowed to apply for Umar Akmal’s replacement in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020,” PCB added.
Earlier this month, Akmal had escaped a PCB ban for allegedly making crude remarks to a trainer during a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
The suspension of Umar is similar to what happened at the onset of the PSL’s third edition in Dubai when two Pakistan players, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif who were in the Islamabad United franchise, were suspended and sent home under the Anti-Corruption Code.
Later Sharjeel was banned for five years (half of it suspended) for breaching five clauses of the code and Latif was banned for 10 years for similar offences.
The 29-year-old Umar Akmal has represented Pakistan in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is, scoring 1003, 3194 and 1690 runs respectively.