Controversies have marred the Pakistan cricket. The country has produced many talented prospects, but the controversies surround doping, and match-fixing have spoilt a lot of careers. The latest player to join the accused list is Umar Akmal, the former superstar of Pakistan’s middle order and touted as the Pakistani equivalent of Virat Kohli.
In latest developments, he has been proven guilty of match-fixing and was handed a ban that will last for three years by Pakistan Cricket Board. The ban has raised questions on the career of Umar Akmal who was sidelined from the national squad for quite some time now. It has also added another charge in the long list of disciplinary issues of Umar Akmal.
Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots: Ramiz Raja.
Umar Akmal started his career with a bang in 2009 after making his debut. His scintillating knock against the Kangaroos in T20 World Cup in 2009 made him a prospect for the side. Soon comparison started flowing with various stars around the World, and his name was added in the potential superstars of the decade.
However, Umar Akmal could not maintain his form and his career took a downward spiral after a few years of an international career. The play was involved in rash driving and was sent back from 2017 Champions Trophy allegedly due to disciplinary issues. His batting also took a hit, and Akmal soon lost his place from the national side. The three-year ban could be the final blow to his chances of reigniting his cricket career.
The veteran cricket commentator Ramiz Raza has become the latest Pakistani player to slam Akmal for his ban. The former captain of Pakistan Cricket team wrote: “So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of talent!” Raja wrote in a tweet before adding, It’s high time that Pakistan moved towards passing a legislative law against match-fixing. Behind bars is where such jack a***s belong! Otherwise brave for more!!”
Harsha Bhogale from India and Pommie Mbangwa also slammed the banned star. Mbangwa even went to the extent of suggesting a jail term for the players convicted in match-fixing.
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