Last Update on: February 23rd, 2020 at 11:33 am
It’s safe to say the Pakistan Super League’s latest season has got off to a shaky start after multiple controversial incidents have rocked the cricket board of Pakistan.
Earlier, PSL franchise Karachi Kings came under the scanner after a squad member was seen talking on a mobile phone whilst still being in the dugout.
However, Kings’ chief coach Dean Jones had cleared the air by saying he was none other than CEO Tariq Wasi of the PSL franchise.
Now, the latest incident regarding Umar Akmal admitting that he had contact with a bookie, has drawn a lot of flak.
Akmal, 29, confessed that he met a bookie and was in touch with him, just days ahead of the start of PSL 2020. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani subsequently suspended the once highly regarded player, after breaching the code of conduct of the PCB.
Apart from Mani, PCB CEO Wasim Khan, and Nadeem Omar owner of Quetta Gladiators were also part of the meeting where Akmal confessed his crime and revealed about the phone calls he had with the bookie. The anti-corruption unit of the PCB, has thus, confiscated his mobile phone.
When the whole incident came out, it became a big controversy, which has shocked the whole of Pakistan. Kamran Akmal, elder brother of Umar has come out in defence of his younger brother.
If he is guilty then you can shout as much you want: Kamran Akmal
The 38-year-old defended Umar, whilst adding that people should not jump to conclusions, as the charges against his younger brother have not been proved as of yet.
He stated, “I am saddened by the reporting regarding Umar Akmal – please wait for the investigation. If he is guilty then you can shout as much you want about it and we will accept it,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by pakpassion.net.
At one point in time, Umar was heralded as the next big thing in Pakistan, but since his career has gone horribly wrong.
The 29-year-old last played a game in national colours in October 2019 and given how serious the charges are against him this time, the future does not look too good for the right-handed middle-order batsman.