Claiming to have learned his lessons, controversial Pakistani drummer Umar Akmal apologized for not reporting corrupt approaches last year, resulting in him being banned for 12 months.
Umar, 30, was suspended last year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to report spot-fixing attempts made to him before the start of Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches.
“Seventeen months ago I made a mistake that damaged my cricket and my career. I learned a lot during this time and because of this mistake the reputation of Pakistani cricket suffered a lot. I apologize to the PCB and cricket fans around the world, ”Akmal said in a video released by PCB on Wednesday.
Akmal admitted that it had been “very difficult for him”.
“Some people approached me but I couldn’t report the same to the anti-corruption unit, due to which I had to face a 12-month ban. I couldn’t play cricket while I was a cricketer.
“I learned a lot during that time and today I admit to all of you that this mistake has brought Pakistan Cricket into disrepute.”
The batsman was banned in February 2020 for failing to report the repair-related approaches just before the start of the Pakistani Super League’s fifth season.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Umar’s ban to 12 months but fined him 4.25 million Pakistani rupees for violating the PCB anti-corruption code.
Akmal also had a message for other cricketers.
“I, Umar Akmal, would like to ask all of you, as ambassadors of sport, to stay away from any suspicious activity. If any suspicious individuals approach you, please report it to the Anti-Corruption Unit as soon as possible so that your case and your career remain untouched.