Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal’s three-year suspension has been reduced to 18 months by former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar as an independent adjudicator, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Friday.
Umar Akmal will now remain suspended effectively from February 2020 till August 2021, with the reduced ban.
Akmal was banned for three-years on April 27 by the PCB’s Disciplinary Panel, for not reporting spot fix approaches made to him during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches. In May, Umar Akmal appealed against his three-year ban slapped by the PCB for failing to report a corrupt approach.
The PCB charged him for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of its Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents in February this year ahead of the PSL.
Akmal, 29, is the younger brother of former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who played 53 Tests, 58 T20s, 157 ODIs, and cousin of current captain Babar Azam.
Akmal, who last played for Pakistan in October 2019, has featured in 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20s, scoring 1,003, 3,194 and 1,690 runs respectively.
Akmal, who promised a lot after making a hundred in New Zealand on his Test debut, failed to live up to the high expectations that came with some fine performances early in his career.
Constant run-ins with the authorities also marred his stop-start career.
Umar Akmal’s strained relationship with former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur
Umar Akmal never quite managed to live up to the expectations due to the numerous controversies that have marred his professional career.
Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur had also revealed it was frustrating to work with Akmal, who had great potential but never managed to reach where he could have. Arthur said it was sad for him to see the batsman’s career go downhill. He also explained that Akmal lacked a guiding figure early in his career which played a huge role in his decline.
“It’s definitely too late for him [Umar Akmal] now. It’s sad because he is a likable enough bloke but what he needed was a real firm hand at the start of his career to guiding him properly,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Pinch Hitter magazine.
“I don’t think he got the right messages earlier in his career because if he had, he wouldn’t have gone down the route he has chosen to. He was frustrating to work with,” the former Pakistan head coach added.