“I learnt a lot during this time and due to that mistake Pakistan cricket’s reputation suffered badly”
Akmal, 30, was last year suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not reporting spot-fixing approaches made to him before the start of the 2020 PSL.
“Seventeen months ago, I made a mistake which caused damage to my cricket and career,” Akmal said in a video released by PCB on Wednesday as part of his reintegration and rehabilitation process. “I learnt a lot during this time and due to that mistake Pakistan cricket’s reputation suffered badly. I ask for forgiveness from the PCB and from cricket fans around the world.”
Akmal admitted that the ban has been a “very difficult period for him”.
“Some people approached me but I was unable to report the same to the anti-corruption unit, due to which I had to face a 12-month ban. I couldn’t play cricket despite being a cricketer.
“I learned a lot during this time and today I confess before all of you that that mistake brought disrepute to Pakistan cricket.”