Pakistan cricketer, Umar Akmal was suspended from playing all forms of cricket on 20th February 2020 for failing to report corrupt approaches ahead of PSL 2020. He was slapped with a three-year suspension term for the same.
“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”.
Both Akmal and Pakistan Cricket Board approached Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), upon which the ban has now got reduced to just 1 year.
CAS has reduced Umar Akmal’s ban to 12 months, meaning that he is now eligible to participate in competitive cricket. The court has fined Akmal 4.25 million rupees for the same.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has stated that the Umar Akmal is now eligible to play competitive cricket but not before paying the fine and undergoing a rehabilitation program under the cricket board’s anti-corruption code.
“The PCB once again urges and reminds all participants to abide by their duty and promptly report any approaches to the anti-corruption officers and help themselves as well as the anti-corruption unit’s effort to eliminate the anathema of fixing,” the PCB said in the statement.
Umar Akmal has represented Pakistan in 121 ODIs, scoring 3194 runs at an average of 34.3. Besides, he has also played 16 Tests and 84 T20 internationals.