Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has decided to not avail the right to defend himself against the corruption charges levied on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Akmal has opted against requesting a hearing before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal, which means that the charges against him will be confirmed by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel, before the sanctions are handed out.
Akmal’s decision leaves him facing anywhere between a six-month to a lifelong ban. However, his opting to not resist the charges could potentially impact the final ruling favourably.
Umar Akmal was provisionally suspended on February 20 and was formally charged with two breaches of the PCB anti-corruption code for two unrelated incidents on March 20, for failing to report an approach.