Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal on Saturday claimed that he did not report the PCB in regards to the spot-fixing approach made to him which led to his ban final yr as he thought the data would not remain confidential.
Akmal is now eligible to renew his cricket profession after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Friday decreased his suspension to 12 months and imposed a positive of 42.50 lakh Pakistani Rupees for breaching the Anti-Corruption Code.
Akmal was initially banned for 3 years from all cricket actions on February 20 final yr for not reporting approaches made to him for spot-fixing within the Pakistan Super League.
“I opted against reporting the matter to the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit as I was concerned the information would be leaked out and not remain confidential,” he informed reporters in Lahore.
He additionally claimed that he had gone to fulfill the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board to tell him in regards to the spot-fixing approach however might not meet him.
“I had every intention of reporting the matter. I went to meet Board chairman to tell him the approach made to me to spot-fix in Pakistan Super League. Unfortunately, I could not meet him as he was busy and this issue happened,” Akmal stated.
“I have never been involved in such practices because to me to play for Pakistan is the biggest honour,” he added.
He stated it was unhealthy luck that earlier than he might cross on the data to the PCB chairman, the matter went to the ACU which charged him for not reporting the spot-fixing approach.
Akmal was banned for 3 years from all cricket by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal in February final yr. Later, the ban was decreased to 18 months by an Independent Adjudicator.
But the PCB and Akmal each went to the Court of Arbitration for Sports with the previous interesting for an extended ban on the batsman and the latter asking to put aside the ban altogether.
On Friday, the CAS rejected the PCB’s enchantment for an extended ban however confirmed one breach of the Anti-Corruption Code by Akmal, imposing him a 12-month ban and positive of 4.2 million rupees.
The CAS additionally stated each events would bear the authorized prices of the case themselves.
The 12-month ban signifies that Akmal has accomplished it on March 19 and he’s now eligible to renew cricket.
Akmal stated he would cooperate with the PCB in each method within the rehabilitation course of and do all the things to get again to taking part in cricket as quickly as doable.
“Cricket is my bread and butter and I know how much loss I have suffered in the last one year away from the sport. I want to resurrect my Pakistan career and hopefully, I can do that,” he stated.
“I have learnt a lot in these last 12 months and hopefully I can just focus on cricket now as there is a lot of cricket left in me.”