Umar Akmal’s ban has been a furious topic for the media. Recently, the board handed over him a ban for straight three years as a consequence of which, Umar no more is eligible to play any form of the game. The ban was imposed on him on 27th April 2020, Monday, and will be applicable till 27th April 2023 for being under the two charges of breaching PCB’s anti-corruption codes of conduct.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has passed the detailed judgment on Umar’s ban case which has been evaluated by the Chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel, Mr. Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan yesterday.
Justice (R) Chauhan, in his remarks, said, “It appears that he (Umar Akmal) is not prepared to show remorse and seek an apology, make an admission that he failed to fulfill his responsibility under Anti-Corruption Code, Article 2.4.4.”
According to the panel head, “he tried to take refuge under the pretext that in the past whenever any such approaches were made, the matter was reported by him.”
“As far as Charge No.1 is concerned, I do not see any circumstances to mitigate the nature of the offence, particularly, when the participant (Umar Akmal) has not cooperated with the PCB Vigilance and Security Department and the investigating team.” Justice (R) Chauhan added.
“In view of the admission of the participant (Umar Akmal) that he failed to disclose to the 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,” he maintained.
“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,” he added.
“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 the participant has rendered himself to be punished under Article 6.2 of the PCB Code.”