"this is a timely reminder to all who think they can get away"
Umar Akmal received a three-year ban from all forms of cricket after he failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him in two separate incidents.
He appeared before the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on April 27, 2020.
Akmal decided to represent himself at the hearing.
He had not challenged a show-cause notice issued to him by the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit for not reporting an alleged offer to match-fix in the 2020 Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The 29-year-old was charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board for two breaches of its anti-corruption code.
Akmal was provisionally suspended in February 2020 before the PSL began.
He was banned for three years. The PCB tweeted:
“Umar Akmal handed a three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan.”
Akmal had been set to represent Quetta Gladiators in the PSL’s opening game in Karachi.
Colonel Asif Mahmood, the director of PCB security and anti-corruption, said:
“The PCB doesn’t take any pleasure in seeing a promising international being declared ineligible for three years on corruption charges but this is 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.”
Following the ban, Akmal’s brother Kamran, who is also a cricketer, was surprised and called it “very harsh”.
He said: “I am definitely surprised at the harsh punishment given to Umar. A three- year ban is very harsh.
“He will definitely approach every available forum to appeal against this ban.”
“Definitely it is hard to understand because other players in the past have got short bans for similar offences. Yet Umar has got such a harsh punishment.”
Kamran referred to Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz who received shorter bans for the same offences.
Kamran went on to say that his brother will consider hiring a legal team in order to file an appeal.
A spokesperson for the PCB added:
“He cannot play cricket at any level now. The detailed verdict will be issued by the panel later.”
Umar Akmal has played in 16 Tests, 121 one-day internationals and 84 Twenty20s.
Akmal’s made his Test debut in 2009. He scored a century against New Zealand but only played 15 more Tests for Pakistan, scoring 1,003 runs.
His last Test match was against Zimbabwe in 2011. Akmal’s last international appearance was in October 2019 in the T20 series against Sri Lanka.
Akmal’s career has been marred by disciplinary problems. In 2017, he was sent home from England after failing a fitness test during the Champions Trophy that Pakistan went on to win.