Pakistan Cricket Board handed Umar Akmal a three-year ban on Monday after he failed to report corrupt approaches ahead of the Pakistan Super League this season.
Umar Akmal last represented Pakistan in two T20 internationals vs Sri Lanka in Lahore last year (Reuters Photo)
- Umar Akmal is the latest Pakistani player to be banned on corruption charges
- Behind bars is where such jack a***s belong: Ramiz Raja on fixing-accused Pakistani players
- Umar has played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Pakistan. He last played an international in October, 2019
Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja once again urged authorities to put the fixing-accused cricketers behind bars for bringing the game and their country to disrepute after Umar Akmal’s sentencing on Monday.
Umar Akmal, who played was handed a three-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Disciplinary Panel on charges of corruption.
The PCB formally charged Akmal last month for two breaches of its anti-corruption code in relation to not disclosing invitations to engage in corrupt conduct.
Ramiz Raja reacted to the news of Umar Akmal’s ban and called for such cricketers to be put in jail for the crimes. Umar has played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Pakistan.
“So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of a talent! It’s high time that Pakistan moved towards passing a legislative law against match fixing. Behind bars is where such jack a***s belong! Otherwise brave for more!!” Raja tweeted just hours after Akmal’s suspension.
So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of a talent! It’s high time that Pakistan moved towards passing a legislative law against match fixing. Behind bars is where such jack asses belong! Otherwise brave for more!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) April 27, 2020
Earlier this month, Raja had slammed the PCB for reintegrating players such as Mohammad Amir and Sharjeel Khan into the national team setup despite their involvement in spot-fixing.
Amir served time in prison along with a 5-year ban while Sharjeel was also handed a 5-year ban (half of it suspended). Amir was guilty of spot-fixing in the 2010 Lord’s Test against England while Sharjeel had played a big role in the spot-fixing scandal that marred the Pakistan Super League in 2016.
“You ask me I would say these tainted cricketers should open their grocery shops. I have no doubt that giving concession to big names also damaged Pakistan cricket,” Raja had said, referring to Amir.
“There is once again talks of redrafting Sharjeel Khan into the team which is not right and can damage Pakistan cricket,” he further said.