Lahore: Mr. Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel has issued notices to Umar Akmal and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) requiring their attendance for a hearing on Monday, 27 April.
The middle-order batsman has not requested for a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal after he was charged for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents.
In accordance with 4.8.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code: “In such circumstances, a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal shall not be required. Instead, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel (sitting alone) shall issue a public decision confirming the offence(s) under this Anti-Corruption Code specified in the Notice of Charge and the imposition of an applicable sanction within the range specified in the Notice of Charge. Before issuing that public decision, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel will provide written notice of that decision to the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated, the PCB Vigilance and Security Department and the ICC.”
As the Disciplinary Panel Chairman has announced his public decision, the PCB has decided not to comment on the matter.
Umar might suffer a minimum suspension of six months and maximum suspension of a lifetime.
In accordance with Article 6.2, the range of permissible period of ineligibility for those charged and found guilty of an offence under Article 2.4.4 is a minimum of six (6) months and a maximum of a lifetime.
“The hearing is presently scheduled at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore. Safety precautions and social distancing measures will be strictly enforced in order to safeguard all those involved,” PCB said in the statement.
Remember, the 29-years-old cricketer was provisionally suspended on February 20, just a day before the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 kicked off.