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

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal with his lawyer

The independent adjudicator of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced its decision on a disciplinary case involving middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and reduced his three-year ban to 18 months.

But Akmal told local media: "I will decide about the remaining sentence and try to get it reduced further".

"There have been many cricketers before me who have committed corruption but none of them were given a punishment as severe as mine".

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

Khokhar felt that the "self-incriminatory admission" by Akmal to the show cause notice about match-fixing on two occasions by two different persons "leaves no room for doubt as to the veracity of the charges against him".

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"The stance taken by the appellant is self-contradictory and not credit-worthy".

It's a significant relief for the 30-year-old who was originally slapped with a three-year ban on April 27 by a PCB disciplinary panel, which found him guilty breaching Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code over two separate incidents. "The case against the appellant stands proved to the hilt".

The period of ineligibility imposed on Umar Akmal will run from, backdated to February 20, 2020, when he was suspended provisionally. He had accepted his mistake but tried to justify his position. Just before the corruption allegations surfaced in February, Akmal was alleged to have behaved inappropriately with a staff member at a failed fitness test.

Akmal, the youngest of three brothers to play for Pakistan at full global level, made his debut as a teenager in 2009, and has played in 16 Tests, 121 one-day internationals and 84 T20 internationals.

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

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