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Umar Akmal appeals against three-year ban for not reporting corrupt approaches
Corruption in Cricket

Umar Akmal appeals against three-year ban for not reporting corrupt approaches

Umar Akmal has filed a formal appeal against the three-year ban imposed on him by PCB's disciplinary panel chaired by Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan.

The troubled middle-order batsman was found guilty of two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the anti-corruption code. Earlier, Akmal was suspended hours before the commencement of the Pakistan Super League in February, ruling him out of the Quetta Gladiators squad for the tournament.

The three-year suspension announced by the PCB serves as a major obstacle for Akmal's career, which has been frequently disrupted by involvement in different controversies.

The 29-year-old had reserved the right to appeal against the severity of the sentence, although he had accepted the charges levelled at him. The minimum sanction on Akmal would have been six months while he could have been handed a lifetime ban in the worst-case scenario.

Under clause 37 of the PCB constitution, an independent adjudicator will now review Akmal's appeal and decide whether the length of punishment is justified. Adjudicators for dispute resolutions need to be appointed in the next two weeks as per the stipulation.

Justice Chauhan was quite scathing in his remarks regarding Akmal's attitude in the detailed judgment disclosed by the disciplinary panel.

“It appears that he [Umar Akmal] is not prepared to show remorse and seek apology, make admission that he failed to fulfill his responsibility under Anti-Corruption Code, Article 2.4.4, rather he tried to take refuge under the pretext that in the past whenever any such approaches were made, the matter was reported by him," he had noted.

It is reported that Akmal has sought the help of Adviser to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs, Babar Awan's law firm in his case.

He last made an international appearance in October during Pakistan's T20I series whitewash at the hands of an inexperienced Sri Lankan squad led by Dasun Shanaka.

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