Akmal refuses to divulge details of meetings with bookies: PCB sources

Umar Akmal Kickboxing Pakistan

Umar Akmal Kickboxing Pakistan

Umar was provisionally suspended hours before he was to appear for Quetta Gladiators in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League on Feb 20 and was charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code on March 17.

A reliable PCB source told PTI, "Omar claimed that these two men met him at his friend's party in the Defense Housing Society". But he refused to even tell the anti-corruption officials what was discussed during these meetings. Although he has accepted that it was his mistake not to inform the board about the corrupt approach, he is not ready to disclose the details of two meetings with unknown people in Lahore.

When the panel presented their findings to Akmal, the cricketer admitted of being in the wrong but did not come clean despite panel officials and the judge pressing him to do so.

Akmal was discovered responsible of two expenses underneath the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code and on 27 April he was banned from all cricket associated actions until 19 February 2023. Umar has to file the appeal within 14 days as the PCB then will appoint an independent adjudicator to hear that.

Umar Akmal has made a decision to challenge his three-year ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for breaching the Anti-Corruption Code. "On One hand, he admits he should have reported the meetings to the PCB but yet refuses to give any details of what was discussed at these meetings".

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The development in Umar Akmal case comes after the PCB disciplinary panel said that the cricketer is unprepared to show remorse and seek apology for failing to report corrupt approaches.

Akmal had pleaded to Justice Chauhan to take a lenient view of his mistake and let him off with a fine and short ban.

Mickey Arthur, the former head coach of the Pakistan team, recalled an ugly incident with the much talked-about Umar Akmal.

"Charge No.2, breach of Article 2.4.4 of the Code by failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department of the PCB, full details of the approaches and invitations received by you [Umar Akmal] to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code in respect of matches in PSL 2020".

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