Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released the detailed judgment on the Umar Akmal’s matter which was submitted by the Chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel, Mr. Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan yesterday.
Justice Chauhan has imposed a ban of three years for each of the two charges of violating the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which will be deemed to have come into effect from the date of Umar Akmal’s suspension i.e. 20 February 2020, PCB said in a statement.
Both periods of ineligibility will run concurrently, meaning Umar Akmal will now become eligible to return to cricket activities on 19 February 2023.
Justice (R) Chauhan, in his remarks, said, “It appears that he (Umar Akmal) is not prepared to show remorse and seek an apology, make 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.”
The panel also explained that Akmal’s behavior, in particular his lack of cooperation, did not leave any room for reduction in the suspension.
“As far as Charge No.1 is concerned, I do not see any circumstances to mitigate the nature of 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.”
It must be noted that Umar was banned from all three formats of the game on April 27 by Justice (R) Chauhan.