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Pakistani cricket player Umar Akmal has been given a three-year ban after he was found to have violated the country's regulations related to match-fixing.
The ban is retroactive to February 20th after Akmal was charged with violating the Pakistan Cricket Board's Article 2.4.4 of the Anti-Corruption Code. This rule stipulates that players need to immediately inform officials if they're approached to try and rig matches. Akmal was found to have been approached twice and never reported the attempts, putting him in violation.
In announcing the ban PCB Director of Anti-Corruption and Security Asif Mahmood said, "The PCB doesn't take any pleasure in seeing a promising international cricketer being declared ineligible for three years on corruption charges, but this is once again a timely reminder to all who think they can get away by breaching the anti-corruption code.
"The anti-corruption unit regularly holds education seminars and refresher courses at all levels to remind all professional cricketers of their obligations and responsibilities. And even then if some cricketers decide to take the Code in their hands, then this is how things will pan out.
"I request all professional cricketers to stay away from the menace of corruption and immediately inform relevant authorities as soon as they are approached. This is in their as well as their teams' and country's best interest."
This is the second major case of match-fixing involving a Pakistani cricketer this year. Nasir Jamshed, a 30-year-old cricketer pleaded guilty to match-fixing earlier this year and is serving a 17-month prison sentence as a result.