Umar Akmal: Pakistan batsman's suspension halved after appeal

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

LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal's three-year ban for an anti-corruption breach has been halved by an independent adjudicator, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.

"I will consult my lawyers and then try to get it reduced further", Akmal said.

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

Umar Akmal's ban has been cut in half following an appeal.

"The stance taken by the appellant is self-contradictory and not credit-worthy. The case against the appellant stands proved to the hilt", the retired Supreme Court judge added.

"I am still not satisfied because other players got less punishment on the same charge", Umar told media, referring to a one-year ban (six months suspended) handed to fast bowler Mohammad Irfan in 2017. He had accepted his mistake but tried to justify his position.

Born in 1990, Umar is the youngest of the three brothers who have represented Pakistan in worldwide cricket.

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

However, Akmal had failed to mention if he had reported this to the anti-corruption unit or not.

Akmal was provisionally suspended hours before his Pakistan Super League team Quetta Gladiators was to take on Islamabad in the opening match of the 2020 PSL.

Since Umar - the youngest brother of former Pakistan wicket-keepers Kamran and Adnan Akmal - was banned, several former Test cricketers had claimed the three-year sentence was too harsh.

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

Constant run-ins with the authorities also marred his stop-start career.

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



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