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Umar Akmal Ban is Halved

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Pakistan cricketer’s ban is halved

Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has had his three-year ban from cricket on corruption charges halved by an independent adjudicator. Instead he will now serve 18 months of his sentence, which has been backdated to February of this year, when the offences were first committed.

Akmal is still not happy with the ruling and intends to appeal further. He argues that the sentence was disproportionate to the crime, and that cricketers in the past who had committed similar offences were not subject to anything like the same severity of sentence.

Akmal was found guilty earlier this year of two breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Anti-Corruption Code, after failing to report illegal approaches made to him whilst he was playing in the Pakistan Super League.

He accepts he made a mistake but has claimed there were extenuating circumstances.

This is just the latest in a long line of controversies that has dogged the career of Akmal which promised so much when he made a hundred on test debut against New Zealand in November 2009.

During the tour to Australia, later that same year, he feigned injury to protest the dropping of his older brother Kamran from the test team.

Then in 2017 he lost his Pakistan central contract because of persistent problems with his fitness, leading to a very public dispute with the head coach at the time, Mickey Arthur.

And in February, allegations were made that he swore at, and publicly exposed himself to, a trainer whilst undergoing a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Nor has his bad behaviour been confined to the cricket pitch.

In 2014 he was briefly detailed by the police in Lahore after getting into an altercation with a traffic warden in Lahore after running through a red light. That same year he was one of four people arrested for infringing local by-laws that banned lavish celebrations at a wedding he attended.

Two years later he found himself in rouble with law enforcement again after becoming embroiled in a fight outside a theatre in Faisalabad, and last year was fined part of his match fee for breaking the Pakistan team curfew by attending a concert, without getting team management permission.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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