Umar Akmal returns to competitive cricket

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National cricketer Umar Akmal has been given permission to resume club cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.

According to the PCB, the cricketer has entered the fourth phase of his rehabilitation process which commenced last month. In the first three phases, he showed remorse, attended an anti-corruption lecture, and participated in a Q&A session conducted by the Security and Anti-Corruption Department.

Now, he will participate in club cricket activities which will probably continue till next month. The rehabilitation programme is expected to conclude next month. Akmal is also expected to play Pakistan domestic cricket season 2021-22.

You must know here that Akmal paid a fine of PKR 4.2 million following his punishment due to not reporting the fixing approach. He served a suspension of 12 months reduced from 18 months by the International Court of Arbitration for Sports. The cricketer didn’t take part in any competitive cricket since 2020.

Read: Umar Akmal likely to comeback in domestic cricket this year

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