Umar Akmal opens up on not reporting spot-fixing approaches.  |  Photo Credit score: AP
- Umar Akmal was handed a 3-year ban final 12 months for failing to report a number of approaches of corruption
- The cricketer’s ban has now been lowered to 12 months
- Umar Akmal lately opened up on not reporting spot-fixing approaches to PCB
Pakistan’s tainted cricketer Umar Akmal obtained an enormous increase in a bid to revive his cricketing profession after the Courtroom of Arbitration of Sports activities (CAS) lowered his suspension tenure to 12 months, from 3 years, topic to success of sure circumstances on Friday (February 26). The participant has been requested to pay a advantageous of PKR 4.25 million and endure rehabilitation. The swashbuckling batsman was banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not reporting a number of approaches of corruption over the past version of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) 6 in early 2020.
With the newest verdict, Umar is free to renew cricketing actions, nonetheless, he has a protracted technique to go if he needs to put on the inexperienced jersey once more and symbolize his nationwide facet. Just lately, the 30-year-old opened up on why he selected to not report the spot-fixing approaches to the PCB within the first place. “I opted in opposition to reporting the matter to the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit as I used to be involved the data can be leaked out and never stay confidential,” he instructed reporters in Lahore.
Umar additional said, “I had each intention of reporting the matter. I went to fulfill the 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 concern 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.”
“Cricket is my bread and butter and I understand how a lot loss I’ve suffered within the final one 12 months away from the game. I wish to resurrect my Pakistan profession and hopefully, I can do this. I’ve learnt so much in these final 12 months and hopefully I can simply give attention to cricket now as there may be a variety of cricket left in me,” concluded the youthful of the Akmal brothers.
Umar was reckoned because the next-big-thing in Pakistan cricket when he made his debut on the worldwide degree in 2009. Nevertheless, health points, inconsistency with the bat, and angle issues led to his ouster from the facet on many events and develop into a trigger for his downfall. He final represented Pakistan throughout the dwelling T20Is versus Sri Lanka, the place the right-hander did not even get off the mark within the two outings.
Umar has represented Pakistan in 16 Checks, 121 ODIs, and 84 T20Is with a complete of three tons and 34 half-centuries beneath his belt. He nonetheless stays one of many prolific run-getters for the Males in Inexperienced within the shortest format.