Former Pakistan greats have little sympathy for Umar Akmal following the latter’s three-year ban from all forms of cricket on corruption charges. Pakistan legend Zaheer Abbas tore into Akmal for his tendency to “misbehave” and his failure to report corrupt approaches despite being a senior cricketer.
“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. Great players always follow the rules. Sachin Tendulkar, for example. If you aren’t following rules, you are doubtful about your career,” Abbas said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned Akmal for not reporting spot-fixing offers ahead of this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). “Umar Akmal handed three-year ban from all cricket by Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan,” PCB said in a tweet. He was provisionally suspended on February 20.