Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal

Controversial Pakistan batter Umar Akmal has apologized for not reporting corrupt approaches last year, which led to him being banned for 12 months.

Umar Akmal apologized

Akmal, 30, was last year suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not reporting spot-fixing approaches made to him before the start of the 2020 PSL.

“Seventeen months ago, I made a mistake which caused damage to my cricket and career. I learned a lot during this time and due to that mistake, Pakistan cricket`s reputation suffered badly. I ask for forgiveness from the PCB and from cricket fans around the world,” said Akmal in a video released by the PCB on Wednesday. Akmal admitted that the period had been “very difficult for him”.

“Some people approached me but I was unable to report the same to the anti-corruption unit, due to which I had to face a 12-month ban. I couldn’t play cricket despite being a cricketer. I learned a lot during this time and today I confess before all of you that that mistake brought disrepute to Pakistan Cricket,” he added.

Umar was handed a banned in February 2020 for failure to report approaches related to fixing ahead of PSL 5.

While the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced Akmal’s ban to 12 months, they hit him with a fine of 4.25 million Pakistani Rupees for breaching the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code. Akmal urged his fellow cricketers to keep their careers “clean” by staying away from all “suspicious activities”.

“I, Umar Akmal, would like to request all of you, as ambassadors of the sport, to stay away from any suspicious activities. If any suspicious individuals approach you, please report it to the anti-corruption unit in a timely manner so that your record and career remain clean,” Umar gave a message to his fellow cricketers.

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