Islamabad: Batsman Umar Akmal has decided not to contest charges of corruption by the Pakistan Cricket Board, meaning his case will go straight to a judge to impose sanctions.
The PCB says it has referred the case to the chairman of its disciplinary panel, Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, who is a retired Lahore High Court judge.
The judge will now issue sanctions against Akmal which could range from a six-month suspension to a lifetime ban.
The PCB formally charged Akmal last month for two breaches of its anti-corruption code in relation to not disclosing invitations to engage in corrupt conduct.
Akmal submitted a written reply late last month. However, the PCB says he did not request a hearing before its anti-corruption tribunal.