Umar Akmal’s appeal against his tenth ban will probably be heard next Monday on July 13 with an independent adjudicator in the National High Performance Centre at Lahore. The adjudicator is a former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retired) Faqir Mohammad Khokhar, and notices are issued to both Akmal along with the PCB with respect to the timing of this hearing.
The appeal had been set to be observed on June 11 but became yet another casualty of this coronavirus pandemic, arriving at a time when cases were growing rapidly across Pakistan and lockdowns were levied across Lahore. Consequently, it had been postponed; and the date of the hearing was verified, Akmal is place to learn his destiny at a week’s time.
Akmal had been banned for 3 years from the PCB on April 27 for failing to report tainted strategies and has been found guilty of two breaches of this board anti-corruption code. The fees include under Article 2.4.4, which deals with”failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) complete details of any procedures or invitations obtained by the Player to participate in Corrupt Conduct beneath this Anti-Corruption Code”. While every charge includes a yearlong prohibit, they’re being run simultaneously.
The seriousness of the punishment was in the time considered unexpected, but it appeared that he was given the stiffer-than-expected punishment for failing to reveal sufficient guilt. Players who’d dropped foul in a similar way to Akmal formerly were given much lighter sanctions, together with Mohammad Irfan prohibited in 2017 for six months, while Mohammad Nawaz had been extended a two-month ban.
Three months later, Akmal declared he’d contest that the decision on grounds that the amount of the ban has been unprecedented for a violation of this character he was found guilty of committing. According to the PCB’s code, the appeal doesn’t signify an original hearing is going to need to be run, together with the appeals procedure restricting itself to”a thought of whether the decision being appealed was incorrect”.
The ban has become the most critical drawback to 29-year old Akmal, whose career was littered with controversy. Repeated episodes of indiscipline because his introduction 2009 have supposed that he’s been fined and suspended on many occasions; and an inability to keep fit has caused penalties too. Back in September 2017he copped a three-month ban for openly criticising then Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, and before this season, was reprimanded by the PCB for misbehaving after failing a fitness test, allegedly exposing himself into a coach in frustration at the same point.