Umar Akmal deserves his three-year ban, reckons Zaheer Abbas
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |

Published: April 27, 2020 11:39:41 pm


Umar Akmal is banned for failure to report spot-fixing approaches throughout PSL. (Source: Reuters)

Former Pakistan greats have little sympathy for Umar Akmal following the latter’s three-year ban from all forms of cricket on corruption charges. Pakistan legend Zaheer Abbas tore into Akmal for his tendency to “misbehave” and his failure to report corrupt approaches regardless of being a senior cricketer.

“How are you able to say he is a good expertise when he isn’t following the principles? If you aren’t following the principles, then you definately aren’t an awesome participant. Great gamers at all times comply with the principles. Sachin Tendulkar, for instance. If you aren’t following guidelines, you might be uncertain about your profession,” Abbas advised The Indian Express.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned Akmal for not reporting spot-fixing provides forward of this yr’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). “Umar Akmal handed three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” PCB mentioned in a tweet. He was provisionally suspended on February 20.

The former Pakistan captain additionally opined that in all probability Akmal wouldn’t be enjoying for Pakistan once more. “ I think his international career is all but over. He deserved the punishment,” he mentioned.

“He (Akmal) wasn’t a junior player. He was playing for Pakistan for a long time. He must have been told by the PCB about the ICC Anti-Corruption rules many times – what to do when a corrupt approach is made. But he was ignoring it. PCB got to know that somebody (a corruptor) was trying to get hold of Umar. Later on he confessed, but it was too late,” Abbas mentioned.

The PCB formally charged Akmal with two breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code for two unrelated incidents on March 20. The prices come underneath Article 2.4.Four of the Board’s Anti-Corruption Code, which offers with the failure to reveal (immediately) “full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct” to the PCB’s Vigilance and Security Department.

At a listening to on the National Cricket Academy, he represented himself, whereas the PCB was represented by lawyer Taffazul Rizvi.

Akmal’s profession has been suffering from disciplinary points – together with public criticism of former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur – for which he obtained fines and suspensions. But that is for the primary time that the middle-order batsman has been sanctioned for breaching the Anti-Corruption Code. In 2018, nonetheless, Akmal advised Samaa TV that he had been supplied $200,000 by bookmakers to go away alone two deliveries throughout Pakistan’s 2015 World Cup opener towards India. “…every match I play against India, they offer me money to make some excuse and opt out of the game,” he had mentioned.

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Umar Akmal, Mickey Arthur, PCB, sports news, cricket, Indian Express This isn’t Umar Akmal’s first brush with bother. (Source: AP Photo)

Akmal is a case of a expertise gone awry. “From the very beginning, he used to misbehave. But when I was the Pakistan team’s chief batting consultant during a tour to Dhaka some years ago, he didn’t show any misbehaviour in front of me,” Abbas mentioned.

Somehow, corruption code breaches preserve surfacing in Pakistan cricket. From Saleem Malik to Umar Akmal, it’s a protracted listing; Pakistani cricketers banned for corruption. “The PCB does have a robust anti-corruption programme. Akmal was caught because PCB was keeping an eye on him. But if Pakistan would were stricter on those players who started match-fixing, I think this (corruption) would have gone a long time ago,” he remarked, with out taking names.

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