Umar Akmal's ban reduced to 18 months from 3 years

  • Umar Akmal's ban reduced to 18 months from 3 years

Umar Akmal's ban reduced to 18 months from 3 years

Suspended keeper-batsman Umar Akmal has had his sentence reduced to 18 months, down from three years, following a trial procedure with independent adjudicator Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, the former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retd).

"I will decide about the remaining sentence and try to get it reduced further", he told local media after his hearing.

"I'm not satisfied with the decision because other players, who committed a similar offence, were banned for a lesser period".

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

He added: "The stance taken by the appellant is self-contradictory and not credit-worthy. The learned Chairman [of the Disciplinary Panel] has quite justifiably found the appellant guilty of both the charges".

Akmal was provisionally suspended on February 17 when he was withdrawn from PSL 2020 and later formally charged by the PCB on March 20.

The middle-order batsman was banned in April for failing to report approaches to engage in corrupt practices ahead of this year's Pakistan Super League Twenty20 competition. He had accepted his mistake but tried to justify his position.

Akmal had initially been banned for three years for breaching Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code over two separate incidents.

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

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

He has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is, scoring 1003, 3194 and 1690 runs respectively.

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