Former SC judge to hear Akmal’s appeal on July 13

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Lahore

Former Supreme Court judge Justice, Faqir Muhammad Khokhar (retd), in his capacity as an independent adjudicator, will hear Umar Akmal’s appeal against his three-year suspension at the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore on 13 July. According to sources, notices for the hearing have been issued to Umar Akmal and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The hearing was previously scheduled for 11 June but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdowns in the country. Earlier, a three-year ban had been imposed on the cricketer for each of the two charges of violating the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which will be deemed to have come into effect from the date of Umar Akmal’s suspension i.e. 20 February 2020. The PCB will make no comment on the matter until Justice Khokhar had announced his decision,” the board had in a statement. —Agencies