The Pakistani cricketer, Kamran Akmal says even the eighteen months ban on Umar Akmal is hard on him after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been spotted making talks on extending the ban challenging the shortened duration.
Kamran Akmal on Umar Akmal: Even eighteen months ban is hard on him
Kamran says it is an injustice to his brother as all others like cases are cooperated by the board but Umar’s case is exaggerated. Recently, PCB has challenged the reduction in Umar Akmal’s ban that was granted to him on the appeal of an independent adjudicator.
As a consequence of the final hearing that took place on Wednesday, 29th July, the ban was cut short to eighteen months including the months in which he already has suffered the ban.
Now, the PCB says, they take the culprit activities on a serious note and they will take the matter to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) to go against the reduction of his ban.
KAMRAN AKMAL THINKS EVEN THE BAN OF EIGHTEEN MONTHS IS TOO MUCH FOR HIS BROTHER AFTER PCB DECIDE TO REVERSE THE EIGHTEEN-MONTHS BAN
He stated, “Umar is being treated unjustly because in the past he has always cooperated with the authorities in such cases and this time also he admitted the mistake of not reporting the matter to the authorities. Even the reduced 18 months ban is hard on him.” In the meantime, PCB has been quite strict on their decision of not letting a cricketer of Umar’s stature get away so easily with the reduced-ban.
PCB said in a press release, “The PCB takes matters relating to anti-corruption very seriously and firmly maintains a zero-tolerance approach. The PCB believes a senior cricketer like Umar Akmal was aware of the consequences when, after having attended a number of anti-corruption lectures at the domestic and international level, having witnessed the consequences of indulging in corrupt conduct, still failed to report the approaches to the relevant authorities.”
“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in seeing a cricketer of Umar’s stature being banned for corruption, but as a credible and respectable institution, we need to send out a loud and clear message to all our stakeholders that there will be no sympathy whatsoever for anyone who breaches the regulations.”