The International Cricket Council have launched an investigation into Umar Akmal’s claim that he was offered money to ‘spot-fix’ during Pakistan’s World Cup 2015 against India in Adelaide, and during other matches against their arch-rivals.
Akmal, 28, had told Samaa TV of the alleged approach at the World Cup during the course of an interview aired on Sunday (June 24), saying he had been offered US $ 200,000 to ‘leave two balls alone’ during the Adelaide showdown. Akmal was caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja for a four-ball duck in a match India won by 76 runs on their way to the semifinal of the competition.
“The ICC is aware of a recent interview given by Umar Akmal. Whilst we note that there is no suggestion that any ‘fix’ actually took place, the ICC is reliant on players to report any corrupt approaches in a timely manner,” the world body said in a statement. “This is critical to our efforts to gather information on potential ‘fixers’ and to disrupt and prevent their efforts to corrupt the game. As such we are taking Akmal’s comments very seriously.
“We have launched an investigation and wish to speak to Mr Akmal as a matter of urgency. Our Anti-Corruption Unit is committed to working to uphold integrity in cricket and would urge anyone with any information to contact us via email@example.com
The Pakistan Cricket Board too acted swiftly, asking the right-hand batsman to appear before their anti-corruption in Lahore on Wednesday to clear the air.
“I had got an offer during the World Cup to leave two balls alone and they were willing to pay me $200,000 for that,” Akmal told the TV channel. “It was our first match against India in the 2015 World Cup… In fact, every match I play against India, they offer me money to make some excuse and opt out of the game. But I have told those people that I am very sincere about playing for Pakistan and to not talk to me on this topic ever again.”
It has been a tempestuous last year or so for the batsman, who was sent home ahead of the Champions Trophy in England last summer after failing fitness tests on two successive days, and then suspended and fined for his comments against Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan head coach.