The talented middle-order batsman, Umar Akmal, has received a major concession from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with a six-month reduction on his ban.
In April 2020, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had imposed a three-year ban on Akmal for failing to report multiple fixing approaches before the fifth edition of the PSL, thus breaching the ICC’s Anti-corruption Code of Conduct.
Later on, the ban had been reduced by half (18 months), courtesy of an independent adjudicator who had heard his appeal against the PCB’s decision.
Unhappy with the decision, the cricketer had moved the CAS against the ban, which resulted in further curtailing of his sentence by six months on Friday. The development has made Akmal eligible for competitive cricket as his ban, which had been effective from February 2020, has already been served.
The detailed ruling of the Court of Arbitration has given relief of six months to Akmal by minimizing the ban on him to twelve months with a fine of Rs. 4.2 million.
Although Akmal has already completed the ban, he will have to take part in a rehabilitation program of the Anti-Corruption Unit before returning to professional cricket.
The 30-year-old had reportedly confessed that he agreed to meet a bookie who had offered him a lucrative deal against spot-fixing in the opening match of the Quetta Gladiators — the franchise that he had last played for in the PSL.
Following these circumstances, it is currently unknown if Akmal’s former team will reinstate him when he is available for the drafts.