Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday suspended Umar Akmal with immediate effect.
This means Akmal cannot take part in any cricket-related activity until the PCB
Anti-corruption Unit (ACU) is investigating him.
Akmal is being
investigated under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.
The article in
question suggests that before a participant is either charged by the ACU or
“there are other exceptional circumstances relevant to a participant […]
it shall have the discretion to provisionally suspend the participant pending
the Anti-corruption Tribunal?s determination of whether he/she has committed an
“As this is
an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments,” a press
release announcing the board’s decision said.
The press release
further said that Quetta Gladiators are “allowed to apply for Umar Akmal’s
replacement in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020.” The Gladiators — who
won the title last year — are ready to face off against two-time winners
Islamabad United today in the first match of this year’s instalment on HBL PSL.
Akmal was also
investigated by the PBC earlier this month for alleged misconduct. According to
a report published by ESPNCricinfo, earlier this month, Akmal had exposed
himself to a trainer during his fitness test out of frustration and asked him,
“Where is the fat?”. The player’s brother, cricketer Kamran Akmal
said that Umar had done it out of mischief.
The PCB, in a
statement given to ESPNCricinfo said it was “fully aware of the matter and
was looking into punishments in the context of bringing the game into
The cricket board
in its inquiry heard all parties concerned and concluded that the incident
happened due to a “misunderstanding”, a press release later issued by
the board had said.