Lahore: Umar Akmal does not seem ready to show remorse or apologize for failing to report a corrupt approach, the chair of the disciplinary panel of the Pakistan Cricket Council has observed in a detailed assessment after imposing a three-year ban on temperamental batsmen.
Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan submitted a detailed assessment of the case to the Pakistan Cricket Council, which was published on Friday on its official website. Akmal was found guilty of two counts under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, making him ineligible for cricket activities until February 19, 2023.
“It seems that he (Umar Akmal) is not ready to show remorse and apologize, making a confession that he failed to fulfill his responsibilities under the Anti-Corruption Code …,” Judge Chauhan said in the ruling.
“… instead he tried to take cover under the pretext that in the past every time such an approach was taken, the problem was reported by him,” he said.
Akmal was temporarily suspended on the eve of Pakistan’s Super League. He was charged with two violations of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents on March 17.
On April 9, the PCB referred the matter to the disciplinary committee after Batsman chose not to request a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Court.
“The accusation as framed is proven and the participant (Umar Akmal) has made himself responsible for being convicted of violating Article 2.4.4,” Judge Chauhan said.
“It was also recognized by him (Umar Akmal) that he failed to report his approach and invitation to the PCB’s Department of Anti-Corruption and Endurance, as required by the PCB Code, Article 2.4.4.
“Considering the above charges are framed, proven and participants have been sentenced based on Article 6.2 of the PCB Code,” he added.
Akmal is the younger brother of former Pakistani goalkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who plays 53 Tests, 58 T20s, and 157 ODIs for Pakistan, and current captain’s cousin Babar Azam.
The left-handed player, who last played for Pakistan in October, has appeared in 16 Tests, 121 ODI and 84 T20, scoring 1003, 3194 and 1690 respectively.
Akmal promised a lot after making a hundred in New Zealand on his Test debut, but failed to meet the high expectations that came with some good performances early in his career.
Continuing fighting with the authorities also damaged his career which began to stop.
Akmal earlier escaped the PCB ban in February for allegedly making a harsh statement to a coach during a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
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