Lahore (September 28, 2017): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Wednesday banned Umar Akmal from participating in international and domestic matches for three months and fined Rs1 million after a report found the batsman to be in violation of several clauses of his central contract, a press release issued by the cricketing body said.
The report, which was submitted to the PCB chairman by a disciplinary committee, found Akmal to have violated clauses 2.2.5, 4.1 and 4.4 of his contract on several occasions, the press release added.
Under these clauses, a player who signs a central contract of the PCB cannot speak to the media, give an interview or issue a statement without prior permission from the board. The code also bars a player from issuing a statement against the team management.
Although Akmal is currently not on the contract, it is binding to signatories up to one year after expiry of the contract.
A fine of Rs1 million was also imposed on the batsman, the press release said, adding that no-objection certificates will not be issued for Akmal to participate in foreign leagues or tournaments for a period of two months.
PCB Chairman Sethi claimed to have imposed the sanctions against Akmal “with a heavy heart”.
He hoped they would serve as an example for all cricketers to be mindful of their obligations and consequences of their actions.
On August 13, Akmal, talking to media, had levelled serious allegations— of harsh behaviour and verbal abuse — against than national team head coach, Mickey Arthur. Days later, the PCB issued a show-cause notice to the batsman.
Responding to the show-cause notice on September 10, Akmal claimed his actions were impulsive and unintentional.