Umar Akmal challenges PCB’s three-year suspension

Pakistan’s controversial cricketer Umar Akmal has now challenged the three-year ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The batsman is seeking a reduction in the duration of the sanction. The cricket board has banned him from all representative cricket for breaching the Anti-corruption code.

The PCB has confirmed the receipt of Akmal’s appeal and shall soon form a panel of independent adjudicators to hear the appeal. It will consider if the duration of the suspension should be reduced or not.

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Akmal was charged for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two incidents. Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code states, “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the participant to engage in corrupt conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code.”

Akmal last represented Pakistan in October 2019 in a T20I against Sri Lanka. He has played in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is. The 29-year old was handed a three-year suspension in April 2020 for failing to report the details of corrupt approaches in Pakistan Super League.

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