Umar Akmal banned for three matches

The board imposed a fine of one million rupees with additional sanction on Umar Akmal for playing in private T20 leagues.

Umar Akmal's last played for Pakistan in an ODI against Australia in January this year.   -  AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday banned Umar Akmal for three matches following his breach of central contract.

The board imposed a fine of one million rupees with additional sanction for playing in private T20 leagues.

The PCB announced that chairman Najam Sethi had reviewed the recommendations of the inquiry committee, which found Akmal guilty of violating clauses 2.2.5, 4.1 and 4.4 of his central contract.

The PCB chairman agreed to impose the following sanctions on Akmal:-

  • Imposition of a three match ban on Umar Akmal from participation in the next international or domestic matches, whichever come first.
  • Imposition of a Fine amounting to Rs. 1,000,000 (Pakistan Rupees One Million Only).
  • No NOC (no objection certificate) for participation in any foreign leagues/tournaments/matches be issued to Umar Akmal for a period of two (02) months.

Sanction from playing private league means that Akmal will not be able to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League or South Africa’s Global T20 league.

The batsman was already signed up by a franchise to play in the Global T20 and was also in demand in the BPL both scheduled to start from early November.

PCB chairman said he had imposed the sanctions with a heavy heart but with the hope that it served as a precedent for all cricketers, who should be mindful of their obligations.

The PCB chairman formed the inquiry committee after Umar Akmal had an altercation with Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur at the National Cricket Academy last month.

He later alleged in the media that Arthur had abused him.

A PCB official made it clear the committee had found Umar guilty of violating his contract clauses but had not investigated the matter of Arthur using abusive language against the batsman.

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