Cricket

Umar Akmal's ban halved to 18 months by adjudicator, cricketer still unhappy, to appeal again

  • The Associated Press
  • July 29th, 2020
  • 14:44:23 IST

Islamabad: An independent adjudicator has halved batsman Umar Akmal's ban to 18 months for failing to report corrupt approaches before this year’s Pakistan Super League.

Adjudicator Faqir Mohammad Khokhar, a retired supreme court judge, announced the judgement on Wednesday after Akmal had appealed the duration of the original three-year ban.

“I am not happy with the year-and-a-half suspension and I will appeal after consulting my lawyers,” Akmal told reporters in Lahore soon after Khokhar announced the judgement.

The 30-year-old Akmal was banned after the Pakistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of two charges of violating the anti-corruption code just before the start of Pakistan’s premier domestic Twenty20 league. Akmal's ban is now set to 19 August 2021.

Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal, center, arrives with his lawyers at the Pakistan Cricket Board office in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. An independent adjudicator has halved batsman Akmal's ban to 18 months for failing to report corrupt approaches before this year’s Pakistan Super League. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

Umar Akmal, center, arrives with his lawyers at the PCB office in Lahore. AP

Earlier this month, Khokhar had reserved his judgment after listening to arguments from both the Pakistan Cricket Board and Akmal during a three-hour hearing in Lahore.

The chairman of the disciplinary committee, retired Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, said in his ruling that it appeared Akmal showed no remorse and had “tried to take refuge under the pretext that in the past whenever any such approaches were made, the matter was reported by him.”

Updated Date: July 29, 2020 14:44:23 IST

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