Cricketer Umar Akmal is set to resume club cricket as said by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday. He will be resuming cricket following the end of his rehabilitation period.
“Umar Akmal has been allowed to resume club cricket activities as part of his rehabilitation process, which commenced last month,” said the PCB.
PCB says Umar Akmal has been allowed to resume cricket following significant changes in his behavior and co-operation with the rehabilitation team. He showed remorse, attended anti-corruption lectures, participated in the Question and Answer session by the Security and Anti-Corruption Department.
PCB have allowed Umar Akmal to resume club cricket activities as part of his rehabilitation process which is expected to conclude next month, after which he will become eligible to participate in the 2021/22 domestic cricket season#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) August 4, 2021
The rehabilitation period will end next month after which he will be able to participate in the domestic 2021-22 cricket season.
A word of advice by Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal has already apologized for his mistake for not reporting to PCB anti-corruption department that he had been approached by bookies.
“Seventeen months ago, in 2020, I committed a mistake which cost not only my career but also my cricket,” Akmal had said in the statement. “My mistake was that I did not inform the Anti-Corruption Unit in time when some people [bookies] approached me,” he had added.
The cricketer said that he had reflected a lot and realized that his actions have caused shame to the national cricket. He has urged other cricketers to report to the department as soon as possible whenever they face a similar situation or are contacted by a suspicious person.
🇵🇰🏏 GOOD NEWS — PCB has allowed Umar Akmal to take part in club cricket with immediate effect. Umar has so far well cooperated with PCB in regards to rehab program which will complete within month and then Umar will be allowed to feature in professional cricket anywhere #cricket
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) August 4, 2021
“For that, I apologize to my family, to the Pakistan Cricket Board, and to cricket fans across the globe,” he had said. “I, Umar Akmal, advise you all that as cricketers, you are the ambassadors of your country. Hence, keep your distance from any suspicious activity,” the batsman had further said.
During his cricket ban, Umar Akmal entertained his fans through his social media accounts on Instagram and TikTok.