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Pakistan cricketer Akmal files appeal against length of ban

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has filed an appeal against the duration of his three-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches before this year’s Pakistan Super League. A panel of independent adjudicators will be formed to hear Akmal’s appeal.

The 29-year-old Akmal was banned earlier this month until Feb. 19, 2023 after the Pakistan Cricket Board's disciplinary committee found him guilty of two charges of violating the anti-corruption code.

He had been provisionally suspended on Feb. 20, just hours before he was set to represent Quetta Gladiators in the PSL’s opening game at Karachi. The chairman of the disciplinary committee, retired Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, said in his ruling that it appeared Akmal showed no remorse and had “tried to take refuge under the pretext that in the past whenever any such approaches were made, the matter was reported by him.”

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