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Umar Akmal banned for 3 years over corruption charges

Umar Akmal has been banned from all cricket for three years after the Pakistan batsman failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him in two separate incidents.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had charged him with two breaches of its anti-corruption code for not reporting two unrelated approaches.

The clause under which Akmal was found guilty relates to a failure to inform authorities about approaches to engage in corrupt practices, including match-fixing or spot-fixing.

A PCB spokesman said : “He cannot play cricket at any level now. The detailed verdict will be issued by the panel later.”

Akmal’s career has been marred by disciplinary problems since he made his Test debut 11 years ago. He was sent home from England in 2017 when he failed a fitness test before the ­Champions Trophy that Pakistan won.

He made a century in his debut Test against New Zealand in 2009 but only played 15 more for his country, scoring 1,003 runs. His last Test was against Zimbabwe in 2011.