Ramiz Raja spoke no words on Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal, who was banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to report corrupt attitudes ahead of the country’s premier T20 league this year. Omar Akmal’s ban is effective from February 20, when he was provisionally suspended by the PCB under its anti-corruption code, stating that a player should be approached to fix the games. Ramiz Raja, who played 57 Tests and 198 ODIs for Pakistan, slapped Omar Akmal and called him “behind bars”.
“So Omar Akmal officially added it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of talent! It is high time Pakistan moves towards passing a legislative law against match-fixing. Gone. There are such jack asses behind bars! Otherwise! For the braver, “the former Pakistani batsman tweeted. On Monday, Omar Akmal pleaded guilty to failing to report match-fixing approaches, the country’s cricket board announced.
The decision was announced by a disciplinary committee after a brief hearing by the PCB, accusing the player of two violations.
“The PCB asked the chairman of the disciplinary committee to refer the matter to the fact that the batsman has not requested a hearing,” the board said.
Asif Mahmood – PCB’s director of anti-corruption and security – said officials took no pleasure in disqualifying a promising international cricketer for three years on corruption charges but defended the ban as necessary.
Mahmood said, “I request all professional cricketers to stay away from the danger of corruption and inform the authorities concerned immediately.”