Umar Akmal has been given permission by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to resume club cricket activities as part of his rehabilitation process, which commenced last month.

In the processes completed to date, Umar has shown remorse, attended an anti-corruption lecture and participated in a Q&A session conducted by the Security and Anti-Corruption Department.

His rehabilitation programme is expected to conclude next month, following which he will become eligible to participate in the Pakistan domestic cricket season 2021-22.

In February 2021, Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) reduced the suspension period of Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Umar Akmal from 18 months to one year and has imposed a fine of Rs 4.25 million.

This decision made Akmal eligible to play competitive cricket subject to a deposit of fine. He was suspended from playing cricket on February 20, 2020.

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