Umar Akmal’s ban halved to 18 months

Karachi, July 29

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal’s three-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches was on Wednesday diminished to 18 months on “compassionate” grounds however the cricketer mentioned he was not glad with the reprieve and would combat for a whole lifting of the suspension.

Akmal’s ban will successfully run from February 2020 to August 2021 after the 30-year-old’s sentence was diminished by impartial adjudicator Faqir Mohammad Khokhar. The batsman expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling on his enchantment.

“There have been many cricketers before me who have committed corruption but none of them were given a punishment as severe as mine. I will appeal once more to get my sentence reduced,” Akmal was quoted as saying by the native media right here after the recent determination.

“I am not happy with the suspension,” he added.

Khokhar in his order acknowledged that the case towards Akmal was proved to the “hilt” however he diminished the size of the ban out of compassion.

Khokhar felt that the “self-incriminatory admission” by Akmal to the show-cause discover about match-fixing on two events by two totally different individuals “leaves no room for doubt as to the veracity of the costs towards him”.

“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,” wrote Khokar.

The PCB added: “…whilst taking a compassionate view, the Independent Adjudicator reduced the length of Umar Akmal’s ban to one year and six months.”

Akmal was handed a three-year ban in April for failing to report approaches forward of the Pakistan Super League. He had accepted his mistake however tried to justify his place.

He final performed a Test for Pakistan in late 2009 however his most up-to-date worldwide look was in final October within the T20 dwelling sequence towards Sri Lanka.

The PCB had charged him with two breaches of Article 2.4.Four of its Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents on March 17. The breaches pertain to failure to report approaches from corruptors.

Akmal was provisionally suspended hours earlier than his Pakistan Super League staff Quetta Gladiators was to tackle Islamabad within the opening match of the 2020 PSL.

He is the youthful brother of former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who performed 53 Tests, 58 T20s, and 157 ODIs for Pakistan, and cousin of present captain Babar Azam.

He has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s, scoring 1003, 3194 and 1690 runs respectively.

Akmal promised quite a bit after making 100 in New Zealand on his Test debut, however didn’t stay as much as the excessive expectations that got here with some advantageous performances early in his profession.

Constant run-ins with the authorities additionally marred his stop-start profession.

Akmal had earlier escaped a PCB ban in February for allegedly making crude remarks towards a coach throughout a health take a look at on the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. PTI

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