Umar Akmal’s ban reduced to 18 months

Cricketer Umar Akmal’s ban, on Wednesday, has been reduced to 18 months from the previously 3 year sentence for violating Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption laws.

PCB adjudicator Justice (retired) Faqir Mohammad Khokar heard Umar Akmal’s appeal against his three-year ban and announced the verdict to reducing three-year ban to 18 months.

The verdict was saved on the first and only hearing conducted on July 13 earlier this month.

The development comes as earlier, a PCB disciplinary committee in April 2020 had imposed a three-year ban on Umar Akmal for violating Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Code of Conduct of PCB Anti-Corruption Unit in accordance with ICC rules and regulations.

International Cricket Council (ICC), anti-corruption laws under Articles 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 state that players are obligated to duly report any offers of spot fixing and match fixing or any other type of illegal activity to concerned authorities and ICC officials.

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According to PCB officials, Umar Akmal had failed to duly inform and report of PCB of two incidents of him being approached by ‘suspicious individuals’ before the start of fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) on February 20th.

Expressing his view on the verdict Umar Akmal has stated his dissatisfaction as he expected further relief in the case.

“I am not satisfied with the decision. I will decide on the next step after discussing with my lawyer and family,” he noted.