The Pakistan Super League (PSL) edition 5 is starting today and the teams are practising hard at the National Stadium Karachi and the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore to prepare the much-anticipated T20 league of Pakistan. The first match of the season 5 is going to be played between the defending champions Quetta Gladiators and two-times champion team Islamabad United.
However, the defending champions Quetta Gladiators been hit by a major blow as their star local batsman Umar Akmal was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he was found guilty of breaching the anti-corruption code.
The Pakistan Cricket Board today suspended Umar Akmal with immediate effect 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’s Anti-Corruption Unit.
According to the article 4.7.1 in PCB’s anti-corruption code, Umar Akmal won’t be able to take part in any kind of cricketing activity and he is out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as well.
On the eve of their first encounter against Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators have been jolted with bad news. Umar Akmal was also found in the middle of a controversy last month when he argued with the PCB’s trainer over some fitness issues.
Since Umar Akmal has been ruled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) edition 5, the Quetta Gladiators’ management has decided to replace him with their old fox Anwar Ali. Anwar Ali was released from this year’s squad of the Quetta Gladiators and they could not pick him in the PSL 2020 draft as well.
However, Akmal’s ban has brought a lot of luck for the all-rounder as he is going to join his old PSL franchise once again. It is also important to understand that Umar Akmal played a crucial role in the title victory of the Quetta Gladiators last year in the PSL 2019.
Akmal’s absence is surely going to hurt the chances of Quetta Gladiators in the PSL 2020 because the talented right-handed batsman was eyeing a fruitful PSL with his franchise in order to make a comeback into the national side. Umar Akmal last played for Pakistan in the home T20I series against Sri Lanka where he bagged two consecutive ducks in two matches to leave his fans disappointed.
Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code:
- The PCB decides to charge a Participant with an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code
- The PCB considers that there are other exceptional circumstances relevant to a Participant (for example, where any relevant police authority has arrested and/or charged a Participant with an offence under any relevant criminal law in respect of facts or circumstances that may also constitute an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code), it, shall have the discretion, in circumstances where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, to Provisionally Suspend the Participant pending the Anti-Corruption Tribunal’s determination of whether he/she has committed an offence.
- Any decision to Provisionally Suspend the Participant will be communicated to the Participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the ICC and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated.