Umar Akmal challenges three-year ban

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By Sports Correspondent

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday confirmed that the struggling batsman Umar Akmal has filed an appeal against the three-year ban imposed on him by the board’s independent disciplinary panel.

The Chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel, Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan imposed the ban because the player was not prepared to show remorse and seek apology.

Justice Chauhan has imposed a ban of three years for each of the two charges of violating the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which will be deemed to have come into effect from the date of Umar Akmal’s suspension i.e. 20 February 2020. Both periods of ineligibility will run concurrently, meaning Umar Akmal will now become eligible to return to cricket activities on 19 February 2023. Akmal has been charged for not reporting approaches by corrupt elements.

However, Akmal well-known lawyer Babar Awan’s law firm to assist him in the case against the ban. The board will now appoint an independent arbitrator to hear the appeal.

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