Umar Akmal recently revealed during an interview with a private TV channel that he was approached by bookies for spot-fixing during World Cup 2015 and he has been asked to miss games against India previously.
“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 said in the TV interview.
“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,” he added.
However, he clarified in the same interview that he refused all such proposals and told the culprits that he will never get involved in any such activity.
“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,” he further stated.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took notice of Umar Akmal’s statements and served him a notice to appear before PCB’s anti-corruption unit on June 27 for further explanation of the incident.
There has not been any evidence of Akmal’s involvement in any corrupt activities. However, it is still unclear whether he reported the approach from bookies to the board or not, if he did not, it can land him in trouble as not reporting alleged approaches from the bookies is a punishable offence under PCB and ICC rules.
Moreover, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has also launched an investigation and wished to talk to Umar Akmal urgently.
“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. 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,” the official statement said.
“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 protected],” the statement added.