Umar Akmal charged with breaches of PCB's Anti-Corruption code

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20 Mar 2020 | 01:45 PM
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Umar Akmal charged with breaches of PCB's Anti-Corruption code

Akmal has 14 days till the 31st of March to respond to the charges imposed

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Controversial Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been charged on Friday (20th March) for two separate breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption Code.

Umar, who was provisionally suspended on February 20 and barred from playing for his franchise, Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, has been charged for failing to disclose corrupt approaches to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay). He was issued the charge sheet on March 17 and has been given time to respond until March 31. This was a breach under 2.4.4 for PCB's anti- corruption code.

According to the Anti-Corruption Code Article 6.2, the range of permissible period of ineligibility for those charged and found guilty for a violation of Article 2.4.4 is a minimum of six months and a maximum of a lifetime.

Umar, 29, has had a chequered career since making his debut in August, 2009 and has since just managed to play 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20 internationals for his country despite making a century on Test debut.

His last appearance came in last October during a home T20 series against Sri Lanka and before that he also played in the March-April, 2019 one-day series against Australia in the UAE.

Umar who has a penchant for getting into trouble with the establishment was reprimanded and cleared in February just before the PSL for allegedly misbehaving with a trainer during a fitness test in Lahore.

The PCB had then said that the incident occurred as a result of a misunderstanding.

Before that also on numerous occasions, Umar has faced disciplinary action most notable being when clashed with former head coach, Mickey Arthur in Lahore during a practice session and accused him of using abusive language.

He was also sent back from the 2017 Champions Trophy in England after failing a fitness test but Umar claimed Arthur didn't want him in the team.

Another former head coach, Waqar Younis had also in a much publicised confidential report which was leaked out advise the board to drop Umar from the Pakistan team and send him to play domestic cricket for at least a year to gain cricketing discipline.

The talented batsman who scored a double century in the final the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in December in Karachi has gained the reputation of shooting himself in the foot.

Since he was suspended by the PCB last month, Umar has kept a low profile and stayed away from the media spotlight.

We will earn profit from PSL: PCB

Meanwhile the PCB is confident of gaining profit from the Pakistan Super League despite the T20 competition was suspended at the semi-final stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to official sources, the PCB is set to make profits from four major commercial deals, including broadcasting and digital media.

"We will earn more compared to the four previous editions because majority of the matches (in earlier editions) had to be held in the UAE where we generally had low crowds and commercial deals were also not very profitable," a source told PTI.

"The losses will come from four matches being held behind closed doors in Karachi and Lahore but the gate money receipts are minimal compared to the profits we will make from commercial, sponsorship and broadcasting deals."

The PSL was on Tuesday suspended after the PCB revealed that a foreign player showed symptoms of the dreaded COVID-19. The PCB had also shortened the league by four days considering the worsening coronavirus situation but was forced to call it off on Tuesday.

One source said 24 off the 30 matches held before the semi-finals and final were full houses in Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi and gate money earnings were very good.

"But yes, some matches were hit by bad weather and reduced overs but we will still make good profits from the PSL this time despite four matches being held in empty stadiums," he said.

He said the Board would refund money to ticket holders of the semi-finals and final.

"We have already sent letter of intents to two of our commercial partners and we are expecting them to pay the amount by next week," another source said.

He said the matches were insured as is the policy for all tournaments but the insurance was for matches being hit by terrorism, closure of airspace, fire.

"So we can't make any claims as we postponed the matches due to the virus and other games were hit by bad weather."

The source said the Board was still working out the exact profit figures and expenses would be known once everything is compiled and audited.

Meanwhile, the PCB has closed down its offices and the national cricket academy in Lahore and released coaches on leave because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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