Tainted Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal just lately revealed that he did not report the spot-fixing strategy made to him to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) fearing a breach of confidentiality. The 30-year-old had his ban decreased to 12 months on Friday (February 26) and is now eligible to renew enjoying skilled cricket.
On February 20 final yr, Umar Akmal was handed a three-year ban from all types of cricket by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal for failing to report an strategy that was made in the course of the Pakistan Tremendous League 2020.
The wicketkeeper-batsman opened up on why he selected to maintain the matter away from the PCB Vigilance and Safety Division.
“I opted in opposition to reporting the matter to the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit as I used to be involved the data could be leaked out and never stay confidential,” Umar Akmal informed reporters in Lahore on Saturday.
He additional added that he had even gone to reveal the misdeed on to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, but it surely didn’t work out as he was busy.
“I had each intention of reporting the matter. I went to satisfy Board chairman to inform him the strategy made to me to spot-fix in Pakistan Tremendous League. Sadly, I couldn’t meet him as he was busy and this situation occurred. I’ve by no means been concerned in such practices as a result of to me, to play for Pakistan is the largest honour,” Umar Akmal defined.
The knowledge reached the ACU earlier than the chairman and Umar Akmal was booked beneath the Anti-Corruption Code.
“I need to resurrect my Pakistan profession” – Umar Akmal
Regardless that the preliminary ban interval was three years, an Unbiased Adjudicator had later decreased it to 18 months. There was a two-fold battle in progress on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Whereas Akmal wished the ban to be utterly scrapped, the PCB wished an extension of the identical.
It was on Friday that the Lausanne-based court docket rejected the PCB’s attraction and dominated one breach of the Anti-Corruption Code by Akmal. The ultimate verdict was a 12-month ban and a fantastic of 42.50 lakh Pakistani rupees on the right-hander.
In essence, his ban ended on March 19 this yr. Umar Akmal sounds centered on finishing his rehabilitation and getting again into the Pakistan cricket crew.
“Cricket is my bread and butter, and I understand how a lot loss I’ve suffered within the final one yr away from the game. I need to resurrect my Pakistan profession and hopefully, I can do this. I’ve learnt rather a lot in these final 12 months and hopefully I can simply deal with cricket now as there’s a whole lot of cricket left in me,” Umar Akmal concluded.
Since making his worldwide debut in 2009, Umar Akmal has scored 5,887 runs throughout 16 Assessments, 121 ODIs and 84 T20Is with 3 a whole bunch and 34 fifties.