Claiming to have learned his lessons, Pakistani hitter Omar Akmal apologized for not reporting foul tactics last year, which led to his 12-month ban.
Omar, 30, was suspended in February 2020 by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing to report tactics before the start of the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“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 Pakistan cricket has been badly damaged. I ask forgiveness from PCB and cricket fans around the world,” Omar said in a video released by the bureau. Wednesday “.
Omar admitted that the period was “very difficult for him”.
“Some people approached me but I was not able to report the same to the Anti-Corruption Unit, due to which I had to face a 12 month ban. I could not play cricket even though I am a cricketer.
“I learned a lot during this time and today I confess before all of you that this mistake has damaged the reputation of Pakistan cricket.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Omar’s ban to 12 months but fined him 4.25 million Pakistani rupees for breaching the anti-corruption law of the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
“I am Omar Akmal, I would like to ask all of you as ambassadors for sport to stay away from any suspicious activities, and if any suspicious person approaches you, please report to the Anti-Corruption Unit in time so that your record and career are clean,” Omar said.