Umar Akmal has pleaded guilty to meeting a bookie ahead of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He confessed his involvement in corruption and has been suspended.
Umar was part of the Quetta Gladiators squad until Thursday morning when he was thrown under the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption code. He has now been replaced by Anwar Ali, an emerging and non-disgraceful all rounder. On the same day, he appeared before PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in order to explain the matter.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Akmal admitted to the meeting after strong evidence in this regard was presented to him by the anti-corruption unit of the PCB. On Thursday night, sources had also reported that the board intercepted a phone call Umar had made to bookies.
The PCB press release issued yesterday, mentioned that the suspension was “effective immediately under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which means he cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB”.
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