The tiff between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and keeper-batsman Umar Akmal continues to deepen as the apex body rejects his plea to pay the fine imposed in instalments. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) slapped a fine of Rs. 42,50,000, following his failure to not report corrupt approaches. It led to the PCB inflicting a three-year ban from all forms of cricket.
Umar Akmal raised his voice against the ban, which was later reduced to one and a half years in July 2020. Hence, Akmal’s prohibition runs from February 2020 to August 2020. The Pakistan Cricket Board got themselves involved appealed to the International Court of Arbitration of Sport for Akmal’s ban to be overturned. Finally, it got cut down to 12 months and imposed a fine of PKR 4.25 million on the 30-year old.
According to sources, Umar Akmal has been facing a financial crunch; thus, he would not be able to pay the dues at one go and asked to pay the same in instalments. Pakistan Cricket Board made the call to reject the request based on analysing the details provided by the Lahore-born cricketer. Umar has to remit 42,50,000 to get admitted to the program that can lead to his comeback in professional cricket.
Umar Akmal last played for Pakistan in October 2019:
Umar Akmal received a chance in the ODI series against Australia in the UAE in March 2019 to press his case for the World Cup a few months later. But the 30-year old could not deliver compelling performances as he managed only 150 runs in five matches at 30 with not even a single half-century.
As a result, he missed out on the spot in Pakistan’s World Cup squad. He was part of the home T20I rubber against Sri Lanka in October 2019 playing in a couple of games. But he recorded two ducks in those games, thereby losing his place in the national team and to never get a chance again.