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Judge revealed by PCB ahead of Umar Akmal's appeal over three-year cricket ban

Umar Akmal - cropped
Umar Akmal is challenging his three-year ban
Modified 31 May 2020

Umar Akmal is a step closer to learning when an appeal against his three-year cricket ban will be heard after an independent adjudicator was appointed.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday that former Supreme Court judge Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar would hear the appeal.

Announcing the appointment, the PCB said: "The independent adjudicator will now decide on the date of the appeal hearing. As soon as this is confirmed, the PCB will make the announcement."

Akmal was issued with his ban from all cricket in April, after two alleged breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code.

The limited-overs specialist, now 30, was accused of "failing to disclose to the PCB vigilance and security department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the participant to engage in corrupt conduct under this anti-corruption code".

Akmal, who was provisionally suspended on February 20, could have faced a lifetime ban.

The batsman has played 121 ODIs and 84 Twenty20 Internationals, also featuring in 16 Tests between 2009 and 2011.

Meanwhile, the PCB waved goodbye to several leading figures from within its ranks on Sunday, amid a slew of personnel changes within the organisation and the national cricket academy.

"Mudassar Nazar, Haroon Rashid, Mushtaq Ahmed and Agha Zahid finish their innings at the PCB today," the board said on Twitter.

"While the PCB thanks and wishes them well, it also welcomes Nadeem Khan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Grant Bradburn and Asser Malik."

Published 31 May 2020, 15:38 IST
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