Umar Akmal faces PCB’s anti-corruption unit after making scathing spot-fixing claims

Akmal had said he was offered $200,000 to leave two balls during Pakistan's ICC World Cup clash with fierce rivals India three years ago.

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Discarded Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has landed himself in a huge trouble after making some scathing spot-fixing claims while speaking on a Pakistan news channel.

Subsequently, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had served a show cause notice to Akmal. And on Monday (June 25), Umar faced Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption unit.

"Cricketer Umar Akmal appeared before the PCB anti-corruption unit (ACU) today. Umar had been asked to appear before the PCB ACU on June 27 but at Umar's request and owing to his availability issues the interview was conducted today. The matter is now under consideration and PCB shall announce further details shortly," A PCB statement said.

In an exclusive interview with SAMAA TV, Akmal had said he was offered $200,000 to leave two balls during Pakistan's 2015 ICC World Cup clash against arch-rivals India.

"I had got an offer during the World Cup to leave alone two balls and they were willing to pay me $200,000 for that. It was our first match against India in the 2015 World Cup,” Umar had quoted.

He went on to say that this was nothing new, and similar offers were made to him in the past.

“Similar offers have been made in the past as well. In the matches with India I’ve been told to make some excuse and opt out of the game for which I’d be paid but I have told those people that I am committed to Pakistan and to not approach me ever with such offers,” he added.

Akmal hasn’t featured in an international match for Pakistan since January 2017. The 28-year-old has played 16 Tests and 116 ODIs for his country, scoring 1003 runs at an average of 35.82 and 3044 runs at 34.50 respectively.


By Salman Anjum - 26 Jun, 2018

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