The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Thursday (April 9) referred Umar Akmal’s case to Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel headed by Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan after the suspended batsman “has not requested for a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal”.
The PCB formally charged Akmal with two breaches of its anti-corruption code last month after he found in a corrupt practice incident just one day before the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.
As the wicketkeeper-batsman has decided not to appeal against the corruption charges leveled by the PCB, the board will not make any comment regarding the case until the disciplinary committee head Mr. Chauhan, who is a former Judge of Lahore High Court, announces a public decision.
The PCB said in a statement, “After determining that Umar Akmal has not requested a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal, the Pakistan Cricket Board has referred the matter to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel, Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, former Lahore High Court Judge.”
The statement further reads: “The PCB made the determination after examining the contents of Akmal’s reply in which no written request for a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal had been made for the purposes of contesting liability or level of sanction or both as per Article 4.6.6 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. In accordance with Article 4.8.1 of the Code, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel, shall now issue a public decision confirming the offences under the Code specified in the Notice of Charge and imposing applicable sanctions.”
(With IANS Inputs)