Umar Akmal, after making a fine start to his career, has seen a downward slope. He could face a lifetime ban for not reporting match fixing offers, following which he was suspended in February. He was charged under the PCB anti-corruption code and his deadline ended on Tuesday.
Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has left the idea of reviving career on Umar Akmal himself.
Misbah-ul-Haq wants Umar Akmal to be disciplined, focus on cricket
Umar Akmal, 29, has few years of cricket left in him. In a bid to revive his career, Misbah-ul-Haq wants him to focus on cricket and be disciplined. Haq also said it should completely be his decision how to approach the game.
“You and I can’t do anything,” Misbah told media.
“Umar has to decide himself, show discipline and focus on his cricket.
“He has to take a decision whether he wants to remain like this… He has shown good performances but needs to improve his fitness, discipline and commitment,” he added.
Details about Umar Akmal ban
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) charged Umar Akmal for breaching its anti-corruption code in two unrelated incidents. If the charges are proven right, Akmal could face suspension for a minimum of six months and a maximum of a lifetime.
In a press statement, the board said on Friday said, “PCB has charged Umar Akmal with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents.”
“Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code reads as: Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code.”
“According to Article 6.2, the range of permissible period of ineligibility for those charged and found guilty for a violation of Article 2.4.4 is a minimum of six months and a maximum of a lifetime.”
Akmal was earlier provisionally suspended on Feb 20 while issued the notice on March 17.