Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal has filed an appeal against the three-year ban imposed on him, seeking a reduction in the duration of the sanction. Akmal was banned from all representative cricket on corruption charges by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Disciplinary Panel.
The cricket governing board has confirmed the receipt of Akmal’s appeal and will form a panel of independent adjudicators to hear the case. As per the PCB’s code of conduct, the panel will conduct de navo (fresh) hearing and will limit itself to “a consideration of whether the decision being appealed was erroneous,” read a report.
Akmal was charged for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents. Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code reads, “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.”
Last month, Pakistan Cricket Board had handed over a ban of three-years to Umar Akmal for failing to report a spot-fixing approach during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season. Umar Akmal was suspended for the time being from February 20, the day when Pakistan Super League (PSL) began.
The PCB announced that Akmal has violated its ‘anti-corruption code’ on two counts. The PCB release read, “The PCB has charged Umar Akmal with two breaches of the anti-corruption code which relates to not reporting a fixing offer.” Under the PCB anti-corruption code, a player is expected to report to a team manager or to the anti-corruption unit officials immediately after receiving an offer to fix a match that Akmal didn’t.