Mumbai: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended Umar Akmal for violation of it’s ‘Anti-Corruption Code’ with immediate effect.
The suspension comes hours before the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.
Umar Akmal will not be able to play for defending champion Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2020 and will not be able to participate in any cricket-related activities, pending a ‘probe’ by the anti-corruption unit of the PCB.
While the nature of the offense has not been disclosed by the PCB, the apex body of Pakistan Cricket said that Quetta Gladiators could look for a replacement for Umar Akmal.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board today suspended Umar Akmal with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, meaning that he would be subject to any investigation pending investigation by the anti-corruption unit of the PCB Cannot participate in cricket related activity, “PCB said in a release.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, PCB will not comment further.
“Meanwhile, Quetta Gladiators are allowed to apply for the replacement of Omar Akmal in the HBA Pakistan Super League 2020.”
In particular, Umar Akmal offered him match-fixing during the Global T20 Canada League 2019. Omar said that he immediately reported the incident to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC).