According to a report by Baaghi TV, a date has been set for the hearing of the Umar Akmal case in the International Arbitration Court.
According to informed sources, the hearing of Umar Akmal’s appeal case will be virtually held on December 1st The Sports Arbitration Court has appointed an adjudicator from the Queens Council. The arbitral tribunal will decide the appeal. No deadline has been finalized.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had requested for a virtual hearing. Cricketer Umar Akmal’s request for a public hearing was rejected, the PCB will not incur costs due to a virtual hearing.
Umar Akmal was sentenced to three years in prison for violating the Anti-Corruption Code. An independent adjudicator reduced his sentence to 18 months.
The PCB approached the arbitration tribunal after the sentence was reduced. Umar Akmal appealed to the arbitral tribunal to uphold the sentence of 18 months, saying that the petition of cricketer Umar Akmal to reduce his sentence to 3 years was granted. Umar Akmal got a big relief, the sentence was reduced from 3 years to one and a half years. Independent Adjudicator Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar ruled in the case, while Umar Akmal had appealed against the three-year ban.
On July 13, former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, as an independent advocate, had reserved judgment on the case of Umar Akmal. He reserved his decision after hearing arguments from both sides at a hearing at the National High Performance Center on Monday.
On April 27, Justice (retd) Fazal Miran Chauhan, as chairman of the disciplinary panel, had on two separate occasions banned Umar Akmal for three years for violating Section 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.
The PCB will not comment further on the matter until Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar delivers the verdict.
It may be recalled that Justice (retd) Fazal Miran Chauhan, Chairman, PCB Disciplinary Committee, imposed a three-year ban on Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal will not be able to play cricket for three years. Chairman Independent Disciplinary Panel Justice (retd) Fazal Miran Chauhan has submitted a detailed decision regarding Omar Kamal to the Pakistan Cricket Board, according to which he will be eligible to participate in cricket activities again on February 19, 2023.
According to the decision, Umar Akmal has been banned for 3 years for violating both the charges included in the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and this ban will be effective from February 20, 2020, the day of suspension of Umar Akmal.
Umar Akmal was issued a notice of charge on March 17 for violating Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two separate incidents and both the sentences will be carried out simultaneously. According to the decision, the PCB had referred the case of Umar Akmal to the Chairman Disciplinary Panel on April 9. Chairman Independent Disciplinary Panel Justice (retd) Fazal Miran Chauhan in his detailed judgment remarked that apparently Omar Akmal was neither seeking remorse nor was he ready to apologize for his mistake.
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