Banned Umar Akmal refuses to disclose details of two meetings with gambling suspects: PCB sources

KARACHI: Pakistan hitter Umar Akmal He has declined to disclose details of his two meetings with gambling suspects to the Disciplinary Panel that granted him a ban of three years after a hearing, according to Board sources.

According to the source, Akmal had a meeting with two unidentified men in Defense Housing Society in Lahore

Umar claims that these two gentlemen met him at parties organized by friends at DHA. But he has even refused to tell anti-corruption officials what was discussed at these meetings, a reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board he said to PTI.

Even when anti-corruption officials first presented his report to him the night of February 19-20 in Karachi, Akmal admitted that he made a mistake by not informing them of the meetings, but declined to elaborate, the source said.

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Akmal was found guilty of two charges under the printed circuit board Anti-corruption code and on April 27, it was banned Cricket activities until February 19, 2023.

The 29-year-old has 14 days to appeal against the punishment of two three-year bans which will run concurrently and the printed circuit board will appoint an independent adjudicator to hear it. Sources close to Akmal said he has started consulting some lawyers on the matter and will file an appeal.

The printed circuit board source said Akmal also gave conflicting statements before the Disciplinary Panel hearing on April 27.

He declined to cooperate with the Disciplinary Panel Judge who advised him to be clean and cooperate with the investigation, the source said.

"Umar acted very strange. On One hand, he admits he should have reported the meetings to the printed circuit board but yet refuses to give any details of what was discussed at these meetings."

Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board 's disciplinary panel, Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan has observed in his detailed judgement that Akmal did not show remorse nor did he seek an apology for failing to report corrupt approaches.

Akmal had asked Judge Chauhan to take an indulgent view of his mistake and let him go with a fine and a short ban.

Akmal was provisionally suspended on the eve of the Pakistan Super League. He was charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the printed circuit board Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents on March 17.

On April 9, the printed circuit board referred the matter to the disciplinary committee after the batsman opted not to request for a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal.

Akmal is the younger brother of Kamran Akmal, a former wicket fighter from Pakistan, who played 53 tests, 58 T20 and 157 ODI for Pakistan, and a cousin of the current captain. Babar Azam .

The right-hander, who last played for Pakistan in October, has appeared in 16 tests, 121 ODI and 84 T20, scoring 1003, 3,194 and 1,690 runs respectively.

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