Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal receives three-year ban for corruption

Umar Akmal has been banned from all cricket for three years after the Pakistan batsman failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him in two separate incidents.

The 29-year-old, who has played in 16 Tests, 121 one-day internationals and 84 Twenty20s, was charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board for two breaches of its anti-corruption code, having been provisionally suspended before the start of the Pakistan Super League.

Lt Col Asif Mahmood, the director of PCB security and anti-corruption, said: “The PCB doesn’t take any pleasure in seeing a promising international cricketer being declared ineligible for three years on corruption charges but this is once again a timely reminder to all who think they can get away by breaching the anti-corruption code.

“I request all professional cricketers to stay away from the menace of corruption and immediately inform relevant authorities as soon as they are approached. This is in their as well as their teams’ and country’s best interest.”

A PCB spokesman added: “He cannot play cricket at any level now. The detailed verdict will be issued by the panel later.”

source: theguardian.com

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