Umar Akmal got two fans arrested
Only days after apologizing to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and fans, Pakistani masterblaster Umar Akmal has again found himself in an awkward situation when two fans appeared at his doorstep and asked for an autograph, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
Two cricket-lovers turned up at Umar Akmal’s house in Defence Phase V in Lahore and requested their favourite batsman.
An annoyed Umar Akmal refused to accept their request which led to a heated exchange of words between them.
The two visitors were identified as Sheikh Ali and a British citizen Javin.
Days ago, Umar Akmal had apologised for not reporting corrupt approaches before the commencement of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 which led to his 12-month ban. Last year in February, the 30-year-old cricketer was banned by the PCB as he didn’t report spot-fixing approaches made to him.
Umar had claimed that he has learnt his lessons, asking PCB and the cricket fans for forgiveness. In a video released by the cricket board on Wednesday, the cricketer admitted that the period had been ‘very difficult for him’.
“Seventeen months ago, I made a mistake which caused damage to my cricket and career. 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,” said Akmal in a video released by the PCB.
Umar was handed a ban in February 2020 for failure to report approaches related to fixing ahead of PSL 5. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced the ban on Umar to 12 months but slapped him with a fine of 4.25 million Pakistani rupees for breaching the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code.
“I, Umar Akmal, would like to request all of you, as ambassadors of the sport, to stay away from any suspicious activities. If any suspicious individuals approach you, please report it to the anti-corruption unit in a timely manner so that your record and career remain clean,” Umar said in his message.