Faqir Khokhar, an independent adjudicator, former Supreme Court justice (retd.), has been appointed to hear an appeal by Umar Akmal against Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) three-year ban against him for violating PCB’s anti-corruption code twice.
No date has been made available yet, however, Khokhar shall announce it soon. The Pakistan batsman was arraigned with the ban twice failing to report illicit approaches ahead of 2020 edition of Pakistan Super League.
Umar Akmal was transiently suspended on February 17, 2020, and withdrawn from PSL 2020, before being formally charged by the PCB for violating Articles 2.4.4 – “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department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”.
His initial decision to refrain an appeal immediately let to consequences where Akmal was left with no choice but to accept the sanctions of Justice Chauhan, resulting in a three-year ban against which he plans to appeal now.
“The anti-corruption unit regularly holds educational seminars and refresher courses but even then, if some cricketers decide to take the Code in their hands, then this is how things will pan out,” said Lt Col Asif Mahmood, PCB Director of Anti-corruption and Security.
“I request all professional cricketers to stay away from the menace of corruption and immediately inform relevant authorities as soon as they are approached.”
Cricketers being respectable and idolised in their respective countries, we wonder how incompetence has become a part of the game so subtly. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below.
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