Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has rejected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) request to conduct the hearing of Umar Akmal’s case outside Switzerland.
PCB had requested that the hearing should be held in another country and not in Switzerland.
According to sources, the purpose of holding the hearing at another venue was to reduce the expenses of both parties.
Both Umar and PCB have replied to the notice of exchange as the due of sending replies will expire on Saturday (September 26).
PCB filed an appeal against the reduction in Akmal’s ban whereas Akmal appealed for further reduction in his suspension.
Former Supreme Court judge Mr. Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, in his capacity as an independent adjudicator, had reduced Akmal’s ban to 1.5 years from 3 years. The cricketer was charged under Article 7.5.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.
Umar had been banned for three years in April by a one-man Disciplinary Panel of the board after two hearings and he then appealed to the independent adjudicator.
Umar, 30, who has played 16 Tests (the last one in 2011), 121 ODIs and 84 T20 internationals has had a history of running into problems with the establishment over disciplinary issues since he made his Pakistan debut in 2009.
He is the younger brother of Pakistan test wicket-keepers, Kamran and Adnan Akmal.