KARACHI: Former Test Cricket captain Rashid Latif has said that Umar Akmal should have been banned for life. Talking to media correspondent, he said that Umar Akmal should have been punished for violating anti-corruption code. However, I have said before that this process is not going to stop, there is a need to legislate on this issue and get it formally approved by the Parliament and make it part of the Constitution.
Thus, the next time PCB will not have to decide on such cases, in the light of the law will be guilty of a criminal offense, Rashid Latif said. Answering a question asked, Rashid Latif said, the sentence of three years is very short, this period will end in the blink of an eye, even before that the cricketers who were sentenced returned to the cricket field after completing their sentence.
Former Test cricketer Basit Ali said that Umar Akmal is like a spoiled child, he did injustice to himself by constantly making mistakes, he got many opportunities during his cricket career, I have been coaching Umar Akmal and I know that He was banned every year for his actions. Basit Ali said that the punishment meted out to Umar Akmal would have hurt the soul of his father-in-law, former Test cricketer Abdul Qadir.
Nadeem Umar, the owner of Umar Akmal’s PSL franchise Quetta Gladiators, said, “It is a pity for us that a good player of the team committed a crime and was punished. He said that Umar Akmal was punished more than his crime.” The period of three years is very long and in this period the career of a good cricketer is also likely to end. The PCB should have warned Umar Akmal and given him a short sentence.