‘Akmal deserved punishment’
Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Umar Akmal recently has been handed a ban of three years by the Chairman of Disciplinary Panel, Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, for his two breaches of PCB’s anti-corruption code.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan greats Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad expressed their view on Akmal’s suspension and called it the appropriate judgment. Abbas thinks Umar Akmal deserved such a punishment.
“I think his international career is all but over. He deserved punishment. Akmal wasn’t a junior player. He was playing for Pakistan for a long time. He must have been told by the PCB about the ICC Anti-Corruption rules many times – what to do when a corrupt approach is made,” Zaheer Abbas was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
He further added, “But he was ignoring it. PCB got to know that somebody (a corruptor) was trying to get hold of Umar. Later on, he confessed, but it was too late. How can you say he is a great talent when he isn’t following the rules? If you aren’t following the rules, then you aren’t a great player.”
On the other hand, Javed Miandad revealed that he had spoken with Umar Akmal on various occasions and suggested the banned cricketer change himself. But now it has been proved that he did not listen to his suggestions.
“He was a very good cricketer but he got involved in unnecessary controversies. I had told him many times to change himself but he didn’t listen to anyone. Today, the result is in front of everyone, he got banned for three years,” Miandad said in a Youtube video.