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Pakistan international banned by PCB for cricket corruption charges

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned batsman Umar Akmal from all forms of the sport for three years, after he failed to report corrupt match-fixing approaches.

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The Pakistan international was provisionally suspended in February, formally charged with two breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code, under Article 2.4.4

The Article requires players to report any approaches made to engage in corrupt practices to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department, without unnecessary delay; but he was ruled to have failed to report such engagements on two separate occasions.

Earlier this month, Akmal decided against contesting the charges, thus effectively accepting the charges imposed by the disciplinary committee chairman, Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan.

PCB director of anti-corruption and security, Asif Mahmood, said: "The PCB doesn’t take any pleasure in seeing a promising international cricketer being declared ineligible for three years on corruption charges, but this is once again a timely reminder to all who think they can get away by breaching the anti-corruption code.

"The anti-corruption unit regularly holds education seminars and refresher courses at all levels to remind all professional cricketers of their obligations and responsibilities. And even then, if some cricketers decide to take the code into their own hands, this is how things will pan out.”

The batsman has played 221 times for Pakistan across three formats of the sport, last featuring in October 2019, his 84th T20 International appearance; he had recently been in and out of the side due to several disciplinary issues.

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