Controversial Umar Akmal once again gets into hot water


Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), under their article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, has suspended middle-order batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect after he was found involved in suspicious activities.

According to the details, Akmal had been approached by PCB’s anti-corruption unit last night in his room. The anti-corruption team took two of Akmal’s mobile phones and informed PCB’s high-ups about the matter.

PCB’s chairman Ehsan Mani and CEO Wasim Khan met with Quetta Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Omar at late night to discuss the following matter. Now, the PCB has allowed the franchise to pick a replacement for Akmal as he will not be available to take part in any cricketing activity.

Gladiators have to play Islamabad United in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five today [February 20].

Article 4.7.1 read as:

(a) the PCB decides to charge a Participant with an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code; or

(b) the PCB considers that there are other exceptional circumstances relevant to a Participant (for example, where any relevant police authority has arrested and/or charged a Participant with an offence under any relevant criminal law in respect of facts or circumstances that may also constitute an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code), it, shall have the discretion, in circumstances where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, to Provisionally Suspend the Participant pending the Anti-Corruption Tribunal‟s determination of whether he/she has committed an offence. Any decision to Provisionally Suspend the Participant will be communicated to the Participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the ICC and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated.