Umar Akmal has got a sufficient career when it comes to committing unwanted activities and breaching authority/anti-corruption codes of the board. The year 2019 has not been mighty fair to him as he was eliminated from Quetta Gladiators’ squad on the day when he was to feature in the first match against Islamabad United.
Later, on 27th April, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handed over a three-year ban to him which deprived Umar of indulging in any sort of cricket. The act was found unfair by his brother Kamran Akmal and Umar himself as he later signed an independent adjudicator to file against PCB.
The matter was dragged to the court as his ban has recently been cut short to eighteen months including the time he has already suffered. The decision has been found intolerable by the board as they said they will again be taking an action to reverse the shortened ban to its original duration.
Kamran believes even an eighteen-months ban is too much which is absolutely unjust by the board as they have cooperated with others in the past.
Kamran Akmal thinks even the ban of eighteen months is too much for his brother after PCB decide to reverse the eighteen-months ban
He stated, “Umar is being treated unjustly because in the past he has always cooperated with the authorities in such cases and this time also he admitted the mistake of not reporting the matter to the authorities. Even the reduced 18 months ban is hard on him.” In the meantime, PCB has been quite strict on their decision of not letting a cricketer of Umar’s stature get away so easily with the reduced-ban.
PCB said in a press release, “The PCB takes matters relating to anti-corruption very seriously and firmly maintains a zero-tolerance approach. The PCB believes a senior cricketer like Umar Akmal was aware of the consequences when, after having attended a number of anti-corruption lectures at the domestic and international level, having witnessed the consequences of indulging in corrupt conduct, still failed to report the approaches to the relevant authorities.”
“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in seeing a cricketer of Umar’s stature being banned for corruption, but as a credible and respectable institution, we need to send out a loud and clear message to all our stakeholders that there will be no sympathy whatsoever for anyone who breaches the regulations.”