Pakistan's Umar Akmal gets ban halved to 18 months

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

The Pakistan batsman was suspended for three years in April after being charged with two counts of failing to report illicit approaches, a breach of the ICC's anti-corruption code of conduct.

Justice (retd) Faqir Mohammad Khokhar announced the decision on an appeal filed by the cricketer. The batsman expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling on his appeal. "There are many players before me who made mistakes and just look at what they got and what I got". "I will appeal once more to get my sentence reduced", he said while speaking to media.

"I am not happy with the suspension", he added.

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.

Akmal in an interview had said that he was offered $200,000 by fixers to leave two deliveries in one of the matches.

"The stance taken by the appellant is self-contradictory and not credit-worthy. The case against the appellant stands proved to the hilt". "The learned Chairman (of the PCB Disciplinary Panel) has quite justifiably found the appellant guilty of both the charges", Khokar wrote.

Umar, who last played for Pakistan in a Twenty20 global against Sri Lanka in Lahore past year, appealed against the suspension in May.

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. The breaches pertain to failure to report approaches from corruptors.

Akmal, the youngest of three brothers to play for Pakistan at full worldwide level, made his debut as a teenager in 2009, and has played in 16 Tests, 121 one-day internationals and 84 T20 internationals.

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