Umar Akmal, the Pakistani cricketer known for having a tainted past, is finally back to cricket. Akmal was banned from all forms of cricket back in 2019 when his team, Quetta Gladiators was to play the inaugural match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 5).
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a ban on the cricketer for three months due to his involvement in suspicious activities. However, the ban was later cut short to 18 and then 12 months. After the ban has been lifted, Akmal is now once again eligible to play cricket.
Notably, he had a fine of PKR 4.2 Million by the ICAS (International Court of Arbitration for Sports). Akmal uttered his poor financial conditions showing his inability to pay the entire amount at once. He demanded to divide the mentioned amount in installments but on seeing the bank details provided by the cricketer, the authorities deny going for installation leaving no option for Umar but to pay the amount instantly at once.
PSL 6: What Umar Akmal did to play cricket again?
Gearing for cricket again, Akmal has cleared all his dues and is ready to undergo the rehabilitation process designed by the PCB according to some policies. It is pertinent to mention here that Akmal should complete his rehab program of anti-corruption before he is fully eligible to feature in the PSL or in other forms of cricket.
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