Independent adjudicator reserves order on Umar appeal against ban

LAHORE: The independent adjudicator hearing Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal’s appeal against a three-year ban for failure to report corrupt approaches reserved his order on the matter on Monday.
Akmal was banned in April after he failed to report corrupt approaches at the beginning of the currently suspended Pakistan Super League T20 event. He was declared uncooperative during the disciplinary hearing into the matter.
“Former Supreme Court judge Mr Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, in his capacity as an independent adjudicator, reserved his order on Umar Akmal’s appeal after listening to the arguments of both sides today,” stated a media release from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The Board also stated that it would make no further comment on the matter. Spot-fixing offers were made to Akmal at two separate parties held in Lahore ahead of the PSL.
Akmal’s failure to report them to the PCB led to his provisional suspension in February before the lengthy ban was imposed after disciplinary hearings.

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