‘What a waste of talent’: Ramiz Raja lashes out on Umar Akmal after PCB bans him for 3 years
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Pakistan cricket commentator and former batsman, Ramiz Raja bashed upon Umar Akmal, the right-handed ODI batsman, who is under fire from the (PCB) Pakistan Cricket Board over his failure to report an attempt made to coerce him for match-fixing during one of the matches of Pak’s home-grown ‘Pakistan Super League’.
Akmal has been sentenced with a three year ban from all Cricket formats by the PCB under its anti-corruption code, which mandates a player to report being approached to fix games.
Ramiz called for his country’s need ‘towards passing a legislative law’, otherwise Pakistan should prepare to ‘brave more’ instances like this.
“So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of a talent! It’s high time that Pakistan moves towards passing a legislative law against match fixing. Behind bars is where such jack asses belong! Otherwise brave for more!!,” Ramiz Raja, who has played 57 Tests and 198 ODIs for Pakistan, wrote on Twitter.
So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of a talent! It’s high time that Pakistan moved towards passing a legislative law against match fixing. Behind bars is where such jack asses belong! Otherwise brave for more!!— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) April 27, 2020
Another yesteryear Cricket star of Pakistan, Javed Miandad implied the responsibility of the complete match-fixing modus-operandi on Umar Akmal’s shoulders.
“I had told Umar Akmal before to mend his ways and to not indulge in such activities. Today all we can do is regret this, but the fact is that he was a very talented player, Allah gave him everything, but he did not take care of himself," Miandad was quoted as saying on Twitter by Saj Sadiq, the Editor of Pakistani Cricket website Pak Passion.
On Monday, Umar Akmal pleaded guilty for failing to report match-fixing approaches, the country's cricket board announced in a Press Release.
Asif Mahmood, PCB's anti-corruption and security director said that the Board ‘seeks no pleasure in seeing a promising international cricketer being declared ineligible for three years on corruption charges’, while adding that ‘it was necessary’.
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