The long-standing standing tussle between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the middle-order batsman, Umar Akmal, continues as PCB refused Umar Akmal’s request of paying his fine in installments.
Previously, Akmal was banned for three years by the Pakistan Cricket Board after he failed to report approaches by bookies. However, the ban was reduced to 18 months after an appeal. His ban was further reduced to only twelve months as he decided to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 4.2 million.
According to sources, Akmal requested the PCB to allow him to pay his fine in installments as Akmal and his family are going through a financial crisis and cannot pay the fine in one go. Upon his request, PCB decided to analyze Akmal’s bank account details, which showed that Akmal is more than capable of paying a lump sum fine.
Akmal is required to pay the fine before he could be allowed to return to cricketing activities, given he completes his rehabilitation program. The 30-year old flamboyant batsman has made it clear that his only ambition is to get back into the national team and nail down his place in the starting line-up.