April 27, 2020 / 1:31 PM / a month ago

Cricket: Pakistan's Akmal banned for breaching anti-corruption code

FILE PHOTO: Pakistan's Umar Akmal hits a six during their first Twenty 20 cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File photo

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been banned from all cricket for three years after a disciplinary panel on Monday found him guilty of breaking his country’s anti-corruption codes.

Akmal, a 29-year-old right-hander who has played in 200 internationals across three formats of the game since 2009, was charged last month with two unrelated breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code.

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.

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

Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari in Lahore, editing by Ed Osmond

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