Umar Akmal Faces Ban Over Corruption Charges

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Umar Akmal Banned From Playing Pakistan’s Cricket:

Pakistan’s notorious trouble maker Umar Akmal could face a life-long suspension if Pakistan’s cricket authorities announced a conviction on match-fixing charges Friday. The 29-year-old was suspended provisionally by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption panel on February 20, the day the Pakistan Super League began in Karachi. On two counts, PCB said Umar had violated its code.

“The PCB has charged Umar Akmal with two violations of the anti-corruption code relating to the failure to disclose a fixing bid,” a PCB release said.

Under the PCB anti-corruption code, a player is expected to report to a team manager or to the anti-corruption unit officials immediately after receiving an offer to fix a match. The release adds under the code if a player is found guilty the punishment ranges from a six-month suspension to a lifetime ban. Umar has 14 days (until 31 March) until respond in writing to the charges.

Umar Akmal Indecent Behavior History:

Umar has a history of disciplinary problems, being charged and held in 2014 for a day following a confrontation with a traffic warden.

He was suspended in 2017 following a spat with the then Pakistani head coach Mickey Arthur, for three months. He also avoided punishment last month after making derogatory remarks to a Lahore-based fitness trainer.

He last played against Sri Lanka four months ago for Pakistan in the Twenty20 series and failed to score in both matches.

Umar’s anti-corruption case is the latest of many that have struck Pakistan cricket in the last 20 years, leading to life bans and penalties on a number of players.

A spot-fixing case hit the PSL in 2017 with openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif suspended for five years.

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