Pakistan Cricket Board to challenge reduction in Umar Akmal’s ban in CAS
LAHORE: PCB confirmed on Monday it will file an appeal with the CAS, in Lausanne, Switzerland, against the reduction of Umar Akmal’s ban for breaching the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.
In July, Umar Akmal’s three-year suspension, which was slapped on him by the PCB’s Disciplinary Panel for not reporting approaches by corrupt elements, was reduced to 18 months. The board had imposed the ban after he was found violating the Article 2.4.4 of the PCB’s code of conduct on two occasions.
Under Article 7.5.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, an appeal against the decision of the independent adjudicator lies exclusively before the CAS.
The statement said that the decision was made following a review of the detailed order of the independent adjudicator, whereby the length of Umar Akmal’s ban has been reduced from 36 months to 18 months (running concurrently) on grounds of taking a compassionate view.
“The PCB takes matters relating to anti-corruption very seriously and firmly maintains a zero-tolerance approach. The PCB believes a senior cricketer like Umar Akmal was aware of the consequences when, after having attended a number of anti-corruption lectures at the domestic and international level, having witnessed the consequences of indulging in corrupt conduct, still failed to report the approaches to the relevant authorities,” read the statement.