Umar Akmal’s ban cut in half

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    Umar Akmal’s three-year ban has been reduced by one-and-a-half years by an independent adjudicator, retired Supreme Court judge, Faqir Mohammad Khokhar.

    According to ESPN Cricinfo, Akmal attended the hearing in person in Lahore.

    With the reduced ban, he will remain suspended effectively from February 2020 to August 2021.

    Akmal was banned from all representative cricket in April this year after failing to report details of corrupt approaches made to him ahead of this year’s PSL.

    He accepted that the incidents had taken place, but pointed out that the circumstances were such that they did not merit reporting to the board.

    Each charge carried a three-year ban which were running concurrently.

    In May, he filed an official appeal against the ban, challenging the length of the sanction and hoping to get it reduced.