Umar Akmal once again lands in hot water


Lahore: Test cricketer Umar Akmal once again found himself in trouble as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), in Lausanne, Switzerland against reduction of Umar Akmal’s ban in anti-corruption case. 

PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer confirmed that the cricket board has filed an appeal in CAS as there is no room in Anti-Corruption rules for reducing the ban on compassionate grounds.

“We have finally filed an appeal against reduction of Umar Akmal’s ban in anti-corruption case. We have gone through the detailed judgment by Independent Adjudicator and after reviewing the whole scenario, we had decided to go to CAS for this matter,” he said.

Read: PCB to file appeal against reduction of Umar Akmal’s ban

“See, PCB have had zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and the board wanted to reiterate. It was a tough decision but it is a clear message for others that such attitude and behavior will not be accepted,” he added.

It must be noted here that ex-Supreme Court judge Mr. Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, in his capacity as an independent adjudicator had reduced Akmal’s ban to 1.5 years from 3 years.

PCB charged middle-order batsman after violating two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption-code in two unlinked incidents.

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