Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal had his sentence lowered down from three years to a total of 18 months.
It may be recalled that on April 27, Pakistan player Umar Akmal had been sentenced to a three-year ban by the PCB after he had been found guilty of breaching the Anti-Corruption Code twice. He had been suspended on February 17 and was withdrawn from PSL 2020. Prior to the breaches, the 30-year-old player had also been charged with misbehaviour over a failed fitness test. However, that case has already been dismissed as just a plain misunderstanding.
On the month of May, Akmal appealed against the length of the suspension and had stated that an independent adjudicator would be needed. Now, the independent adjudicator that had been assigned was able to help out in lowering the sentence for Akmal’s career. The reason as to why the sentence had been cut short is that Akmal had appealed that other players who had the same case had been given shorter punishments.
As per Akmal, ‘I am thankful to the judge for listening to my lawyers properly. I will decide about the remaining sentence and try to get it reduced further. For now, I am not satisfied and will consult my lawyers and family how to take this ahead. There are many players before me who made mistakes and just look at what they got and what I got. So all I say right now is thank you very much’.
With the sentence being shortened to a year and a half, Akmal may only be played to participate in a game once August 2021 comes along. To learn more cricket and its policies, you may head over to Betwala and discover some exciting July deals from our partner Bitcasino!
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