One-match ban on Umar deferred

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced that the penalty of one-match ban on Umar Akmal will remain suspended until the appellate tribunal announces its decision after cricketer told the board it will appeal the against the ban.

Umar was initially banned for one match after he was found guilty of violating the Clothing and Equipment Regulations of the PCB in the recently concluded Quaid-e Azam Trophy tournament.

The ban would have applied to the next match in which Umar was selected to participate whether domestic or international. Practically this meant the first T20 match between Pakistan and New Zealand scheduled to be played in Auckland on January 15 2016.

However, Umar has informed PCB that he wishes to appeal against the ban. Since Umar has opted to appeal against the decision, hence as per the PCB’s regulations, the penalty of one match will remain suspended until the decision of appellate tribunal was announced.