PCB challenges discount of Umar Akmal’s ban in CAS

Karachi, August 19

The Pakistan Cricket Board has filed an attraction within the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne in opposition to the discount of a three-year ban on batsman Umar Akmal by an unbiased adjudicator.

Salman Naseer, the PCB chief working officer, confirmed on Tuesday that the attraction had been filed.

“It was a difficult decision for us to challenge the independent adjudicator’s decision but after going through the final report we had some concerns and we felt the punishment was not enough as there are two charges of violating the anti-corruption code against Umar,” mentioned Naseer.

Former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, because the unbiased adjudicator of the board, had lowered Umar’s three-year ban to 18 months on July 29 for failing to report two corrupt approaches forward of the 2020 PSL.

Khokar gave his verdict on an attraction filed by Umar in opposition to the three-year ban imposed on him in April by the Disciplinary Panel of the board after a few hearings.

“We determined to file the attraction with the CAS as a result of after we went by means of the findings of the unbiased adjudicator he has famous down firstly he was not happy with the Test batsman’s conduct and that it was confirmed to the hilt that the Test batsman’s statements have been self-contradictory and never creditable,” mentioned Naseer.

“But the unbiased adjudicator additionally wrote that he was trying on the case on compassionate grounds and gave his choice. To us the primary query was ought to the punishment be lowered on compassionate grounds,” he mentioned.

“We also felt that the punishment for the two charges – 18 months each – should run cumulatively and not concurrently which the independent adjudicator eventually decided on.”

Umar was banned for 3 years in April by a one-man disciplinary panel of the board after he did not report two approaches to spot-fix matches within the Pakistan Super League in February.

Naseer mentioned the PCB wished to provide out a transparent message of zero tolerance and in addition wished some readability on anti-corruption code clauses.

“We have asked the CAS to appoint one arbitrator instead of three and it is not necessary the hearing should be held in Switzerland; it can be moved elsewhere to make it more cost-effective and not lengthy.”

Naseer mentioned the board’s choice to go to the CAS with an attraction additionally confirmed the clear nature of the complete means of Umar’s case and that the unbiased adjudicator acted independently. PTI  

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