Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal has been sent a show notice by Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption unit for failing to report a corrupt approach before an ICC World Cup 2015 match between India and Pakistan. He has also been told to explain his claims of being approached by spot-fixers during the World Cup.
Akmal had made the claim during a recent interview with Samaa TV. Akmal said during the interview, “I got an offer to play two dot balls and they were willing to pay me $200,000 for that. It was our first match against India in the 2015 ICC World Cup. Similar offers have been made in the past. In matches against India I’ve been asked many times to make some excuse and sit out of the game for which I would be paid. I told those people that I am committed to Pakistan and to not approach me with such offers again.”
As per reports, the International Cricket Council (ICC) too have launched an investigation into Akmal’s explosive claims made during the interview. A statement released by ICC read: “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 match, which Akmal spoke about, was won by India by 76 runs at Adelaide. India and Pakistan will face each other next at the 2019 World Cup at Old Trafford, Manchester on June 16.