Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal

The Pakistan Cricket Board suspend Umar Akmal with immediate effect under the governing body’s anti-corruption code. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision put Umar Akmal to get relieve from participating in Pakistan Super League which begins from February 20. Umar’s franchise, Quetta Gladiators, will be allowed to sign a replacement. This is not the first time Umar Akmal receiving the Suspension from PCB.

PCB constitution’s code

While a board-appointed or independent tribunal will determine if Umar is indeed guilty of wrongdoing, the invoking of Article 4.7.1 of the anti-corruption code is a potential indicator of the graveness of the offence. As per the said code of the PCB constitution, the board “shall have the discretion, in circumstances where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, to Provisionally Suspend the Participant pending the Anti-Corruption Tribunals determination of whether he/she has committed an offence.

“Any decision to Provisionally Suspend the Participant will be communicated to the Participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the ICC and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated.”

The suspension issue is due to the behavior of Akmal where he let-off by the board after he allegedly fully exposed himself to a trainer after failing a skin-fold test and asked: “Where is the fat?”

Umar Akmal’s list of trouble so far 

Feb 2020 – Reprimanded for inappropriate behaviour at fitness Test

Apr 2019 – Fined for breaking team curfew in Dubai during series versus Australia

Jun 2018 – Served notice to explain his comments on a television show about spot-fixing requests

Sep 2017 – Banned for his outburst on former coach Mickey Arthur, his NOCs to play foreign leagues revoked

May 2017 – Recalled from England ahead of the Champions Trophy for failing fitness Test

May 2016 – Left out of the England tour along with Ahmed Shehzad on disciplinary grounds

Jan 2016 – Banned for a T20I against New Zealand for misconduct

Nov 2015 – Left out of England T20Is for “bringing PCB into disrepute” after reportedly attending a party without permission

Feb 2014 – Charged by Lahore police for allegedly misbehaving with warden after committing a traffic violation

Oct 2012 – Fined for ignoring umpires while going for a change of gloves in a T20 against Sri Lanka

Jun 2011 – Issued show-cause notice for giving unauthorized interviews to television media