On Thursday, 20 February, The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect for breaching of its Anti-Corruption code.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has already begun investigations into Quetta Gladiators batsman Umar Akmal’s alleged involvement in spot-fixing after suspending him.
The 29-year-old is suspected of having agreed to fix three different moments in his side’s opening game against Islamabad United. Umar’s phones, laptop and ipads have been sent to forensics, with a charge sheet expected to be prepared once further investigations are finished.
Early investigations suggest that there is evidence in Umar’s phone implicating him of spot-fixing.
Now Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly asked Umar Akmal to return the cheque he received in advance payment for his Pakistan Super League (PSL) contract.
The players participating in the HBL PSL 5 have been paid 70 per cent of their due amounts. Pakistan players have received their dues in Pakistani Rupees (PKR) instead of Dollars.
However, Akmal was asked to return the cheque because of his involvement in a corruption case. PCB maintains that by not reporting the fixing approach, Umar has breached its anti-corruption code, which is also a violation of his PSL contract.
In this case, the 29-year-old batsman is no more entitled to receive the money.
A PCB spokesperson has also confirmed the news, saying that the suspended player is contract-bound to return the cheque or money if he has cashed it.
Umar Akmal, the brand ambassador for Quetta Gladiators, was suspended days before the tournament over failing to report a fixing offer worth Rs. 50 million.