Akmal admits to talking a bookie
The controversy never left Umar Akmal behind. His career had been interrupted repeatedly. Yet Pakistan trusted in Akmal again and again. Because of this, he was repeatedly brought back to the national team.
But this time maybe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will take a lesson. Umar Akmal, who was banned for breaching anti-corruption policies, admitted that he had spoken to a bookie.
Last Thursday, Umar Akmal was banned shortly before the start of the PSL for disobeying the board’s rules. Akmal had confessed his crime to the PCB’s anti-corruption unit, Geo News reported. After knowing Akmal’s secret bargain with the gambler, PCB banned him indefinitely.
Senior sports reporter Abdul Majid Bhatti was speaking to Shahzeb Khanzada, the show’s organizer, at a Geo News event.
There, Bhatti said, all the talk of Akmal and the bookie were recorded with the PCB. The anti-corruption body of the board had monitored all suspicious phone calls to Akmal for four days. Finally, they revealed everything to the chairman of the board on Wednesday.
Apart from Chairman Ehsan Mani, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan, Coach Moin Khan of the PSL franchise Quetta Gladiators of Akmal were also present.
Akmal, however, had been in the discussion for several days. A few days ago, after failing to pass the fitness test, he was incensed at the trainer. He took off his jersey and said, ‘Chorbi kaha hain?’ (Where is the fat?). He was about to face a major punishment. And the day before he was banned, he tweeted about Abdur Razzaq, saying, ‘The mother of his other brother’!