Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal on Thursday filed an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sports activities (CAS) in Lausanne to overturn his 18-month ban for not reporting corrupt approaches.
The improvement comes appropriate following the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appealed in the CAS towards the reduction of a 3-yr ban on Akmal by an independent adjudicator.
Umar was banned for 3 many years in April by a a single-guy disciplinary panel of the board following he failed to report two approaches to spot-correct matches in the Pakistan Super League in February.
On July 29, former Supreme Court Judge Mr Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, as the independent adjudicator of the board, had lowered Umar’s 3-yr ban to 18 months.
Akmal’s attorney argued that the verdict is overturned due to a lack of proof towards the player.
“We have a broad selection of grievances on the choice by the arbitrator and we have reached out to the arbitration court in a movement to set aside the judgment,” Khawaja Umaiz, the attorney representing Akmal, was quoted as saying ESPNcricinfo.
“They never have a single piece of proof that can show any wrongdoing. The prosecution was based mostly on a mobile phone get in touch with, otherwise, there is no document, no financial institution transaction or anything at all that can substantiate their declare.”
Earlier, Salman Naseer, the PCB chief working officer, had identified as it a “tough choice” to challenge the independent adjudicator’s verdict.
“It was a tough choice for us to challenge the independent adjudicator’s choice but following going by the ultimate report we had some worries and we felt the punishment was not ample as there are two expenses of violating the anti-corruption code towards Umar,” Naseer had explained following the PCB’s appeal in CAS.