Umar Akmal banned for three-years from all cricket activities

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed controversial batsman Umar Akmal a three-year ban from all cricket on match fixing charges.

The ban was handed by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan.

Umar was suspended on February 20 for not reporting a fixing approach on two occasions and now he has been banned from all cricket activities for three years.

“Umar Akmal handed three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” PCB tweeted from its official handle.

Earlier, Akmal had said during an interview that he was offered $200,000 by fixers to leave two deliveries in one of the matches. He also claimed that he was offered money to skip matches against India.

“I was once offered $200,000 for leaving two deliveries. I was also offered to skip matches against India,” he said in the interview.

The batsman also said that he was approached during ICC World Cup, including the 2015 edition played in Australia and New Zealand.

However, Akmal had failed to mention if he had reported this to the anti-corruption unit or not.

According to ICC anti-corruption code 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, players are bound to report all the corrupt approaches made to them during any event and failure of doing so carry a minimum punishment of five years.

Umar has represented Pakistan in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is since making his debut in 2009.

His last appearance in the national team was in the T20I series against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 2019, where he made golden ducks on both occasions and made a forgettable comeback in the national side.