Umar Akmal’s ban reduced to 12 months
Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal’s 18-month ban has been reduced to a year, said the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Friday (February 28).
Akmal is now eligible to return to representative cricket now, but for that, he must pay a fine of PKR 4.25 million ($26,800) and take part in a rehabilitation programme by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) first.
According to a PCB press release, Akmal had been found guilty of violating Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti Corruption Code on 27 April 2020 in two unrelated incidents and handed a three-year suspension with the periods of ineligibility to run concurrently.
After Akmal appealed against the decision on July 29, 2020, the Independent Adjudicator modified the sentence and reduced the ineligibility period to 18 months.
The charges came under Article 2.4.4, which deals with: “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”.
The right-handed batsman had been suspended on February 20, 2020 over corruption charges, as he failed to report details of a match-fixing approach made to him during meetings with alleged bookies.
Akmal’s request to obtain his two mobile phones back has also been turned down by the CAS. The phones are now being held by the PCB for different investigations.
The 30-year old has so far represented Pakistan in over 200 international matches — 16 Tests, 121 T20Is and 84 T20Is.