Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal’s suspension has been reduced to 1.5 years after the player appealed against the earlier order of banning him for three years in international cricket.
Akmal was held for the corruption charges for not reporting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about corrupt approaches ahead of the Pakistan Super League 2020 in February.
Umar Akmal Not Happy with the decision:
In a Press release, the PCB had said that the adjudicator, former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, after listening to the arguments of both sides, had reserved judgment on the matter.
However, Umar Akmal is disappointed with the decision and has opined that he would again appeal against the decision. While his lawyer said that the decision was in their favour but was not up to their expectations.
“We will file an appeal to reduce the sentence against the remaining term of the ban,” said Akmal as quoted by The International News.
Akmal’s career marred with controversies:
On April 27 this year, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel, Justice (retd) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, had banned Umar Akmal for three years after finding him guilty of breaching Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two separate incidents.
The chairman in his report had observed in his detailed judgment that Umar Akmal neither was looking guilty nor he sought an apology for failing to report corrupt approaches.
As per reports, Akmal had refused to co-operate with the panel and was giving contradictory statements. Although he had accepted his mistake, he was not ready to disclose the details of two meetings with unknown people in Lahore.
The right-hand batsman has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s, scoring 1003, 3194, and 1690 runs respectively. He last played for Pakistan in October and was set to play PSL before getting banned.