PCB disciplinary panel releases detailed verdict of Umar Akmal’s case

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Chief of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Independent Disciplinary Panel Justice (retired) Fazal Miran Chauhan has released the detailed verdict of the corruption case against batsman Umar Akmal.

The controversial batsman was banned from all forms of cricket for three years after pleading guilty to failure to report match-fixing approaches.

The chief of the disciplinary panel remarked that the batsman was not willing to show any remorse or apologise over his actions. He added that the cricketer failed to fulfill his responsibility under Article 2.4.4 of the Anti-Corruption Code and took refuge under the pretext that he has reported such incidents in the past.

“As far as Charge No.1 is concerned, I do not see any circumstances to mitigate the nature of the offence, particularly, when the participant (Umar Akmal) has not cooperated with the PCB Vigilance and Security Department and the investigating team,” the judge was quoted in a PCB press release. “In view of the admission of the participant (Umar Akmal) that he failed to disclose to PCB Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department, the details of the approaches and invitations extended to him without unnecessary delay. The charge as framed is proved and the participant (Umar Akmal) has rendered himself liable to be punished for breach of Article 2.4.4.”

He was also found guilty of breaching Article 2.4.4 of the anti-corruption code by failing to disclose the full details of the approaches and invitations to engage in corrupt conduct under the code in respect of matches in PSL 2020.

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