Umar Akmal suspended: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday suspended right-handed batsman Umar Akmal for breaching its Anti Corruption Code. The suspension has been announced hours ahead of the beginning of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020. Therefore, Umar Akmal will not be able to play for the defending champions Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2020.
Quetta Gladiators will take on two-time former winners Islamabad United in the opening match, which will commence later on Thursday at 9 pm.
Meanwhile, Akmal will not be able to participate in any cricket-related activities pending an investigation against being carried out by Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption unit.
The apex body of the PCB said that Quetta Gladiators can look for a replacement for Umar Akmal. Meanwhile, the nature of offense has not been revealed by the board. Recently, Umar Akmal had escaped a ban for making crude remarks to a trainer during a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
According to the Article 4.7.1, the PCB decides to charge a participant with an offence under its Anti-Corruption Code. Likewise, PCB considers that there are several other exceptional circumstances relevant to a participant (for example, where any relevant police authority has arrested or charged a participant in an offence under any relevant law in respect of facts that may also constitute an offence under PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code).
The Article 4.7.1 further suggests that any decision to provisionally Suspend the participant will be informed to the participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the participant is affiliated.