Published: Fri, February 21, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Explained: Why has the Pakistan cricket board suspended former ‘keeper Umar Akmal?

Explained: Why has the Pakistan cricket board suspended former ‘keeper Umar Akmal?

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday suspended Umar Akmal pending an anti-corruption inquiry amid claims that he failed to report a spot-fixing approach in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The PCB has not revealed any details of any offence or charge against Akmal.

Akmal's offense was not stated, but the PCB said in a statement "the batsman can not take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by the PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit".

The PCB has not specified the reasons for Akmal's suspension citing the ongoing investigation under Article 4.7.1 of the board's Anti-Corruption Code for Participants, which came into effect in 2015.

The PCB said Quetta could request the replacement of Akmal for the fifth edition of the tournament, which will be played entirely in Pakistan for the first time in four years.

The team of Pakistani T20 League "Pakistan Super League" Quetta Gladiators has been asked to find a new player instead of Akmal.

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Former Test opener Mohsin Khan said he was very disappointed over the Umar Akmal incident.

The 26-year old last played a Test for his country in September, 2011, but has been in and out of the national squad for limited-overs internationals ever since.

Constant run-ins with the authorities have also marred his stop-start career.

Akmal faced no sanction, only a reminder of his responsibilities, with a PCB statement saying that he had "offered his regrets" to the PCB for his action, and was in turn reprimanded and "reminded him of his responsibilities as a senior cricketer".

Sharjeel has now returned to cricket and is representing Karachi Kings in the PSL after completing his ban period and fulfilling all requirements of the PCB's rehabilitation program.

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