Cricket: Pakistan international Umar Akmal banned for three years for anti-corruption breach

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been banned from all cricket for three years, after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of breaking his country's anti-corruption codes.

Las month, the 29-year-old right-hander, who has played 200 internationals across three formats of the game since 2009, was charged with two unrelated breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption Code.

Akmal was found guilty under a clause that relates to a failure to inform authorities about approaches to engage in corrupt practices, including match-fixing or spot-fixing.

"He cannot play cricket at any level now," a PCB spokesman says. "The detailed verdict will be issued by the panel later." 

Akmal made his test debut against New Zealand in Dunedin in 2009, scoring a century in the first innings and almost guiding Pakistan to an unlikely victory in the second.