Monday, 03 August, 2020

Pakistan's Umar Akmal gets ban halved to 18 months

Umar Akmal's suspension reduced to 18 months from 3 years Independent Adjudicator halves Umar Akmal's ban to 18 months - Cricbuzz
Cary Erickson | 01 August, 2020, 10:27

LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal's three-year ban for an anti-corruption breach has been halved by an independent adjudicator, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.

Expressing similar sentiments, Umar said that he would "try to get the ban reduced further".

"There have been many cricketers before me who have committed corruption but none of them were given a punishment as severe as mine".

Akmal was later found guilty of failing to report match-fixing approaches and a disciplinary committee handed a three-year suspension to the batsman.

Following a brilliant Test debut in 2009 when he scored a century in New Zealand, the talented Akmal was touted as a future great but his career has been punctuated by controversy before this year's ban. "The case against the appellant stands proved to the hilt", the retired Supreme Court judge added.

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He last played a Test for Pakistan in late 2009 but his most recent global appearance was in last October in the T20 home series against Sri Lanka.

The PCB had imposed a three-year-ban on Akmal after he had violated the Article 2.4.4 of the PCB's code of conduct on two occasions. Just before the corruption allegations surfaced in February, Akmal was alleged to have behaved inappropriately with a staff member at a failed fitness test.

However, the PCB said the adjudicator, "taking a compassionate view" had reduced Umar's ban to 18 months, backdating the start to February 20 when the player was provisionally suspended.

Akmal was provisionally suspended hours before his Pakistan Super League team Quetta Gladiators was to take on Islamabad in the opening match of the 2020 PSL.

He subsequently submitted and appeal which was heard at the PCB's National High Performance Centre in Lahore.