Pakistani star claims there was spot fixing in the match against India in the 2015 World Cup

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ICC to investigate Umar Akmal’s spot-fixing claims in 2015 WC match against India

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SportsCafe Desk

06/25/2018

The International Council for Cricket has revealed that they will take a closer look at Umar Akmal’s claims of spot-fixing during the 2015 World Cup. Akmal revealed in a recent interview that he was offered $ 200,000 to ‘leave two balls alone’ in the match against India at Adelaide.

Members of the Pakistan cricket team have had more than their fair share of troubles with bookies and spot-fixers in the past. The likes of Salman Butt, Mohammad AmirandMohammad Asif were found guilty by a London court on criminal charges in relation to spot-fixing and banned by the ICC for a period of 5-10 years. While Amir returned to the Pakistan team, Butt and Asif saw their career’s end due to the excessive ban imposed on them by the ICC. 

Now, Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has come out and revealed that he was offered money to ‘spot-fix’ during Pakistan’s World Cup 2015 encounter against India in Adelaide, and in other matches against their long-time rivals as well. Akmal told Samaa TV of the alleged approach at the World Cup during the course of an interview aired on Sunday and said that he had been offered US $ 200,000 to ‘leave two balls alone’ in the match against the Indians.

The International Cricket Council reacted strongly to Akmal’s revelations as they added that they would conduct a thorough investigation regarding the issue and find the perpetrators were as quickly as possible.

“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.

“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 contactacu@icc-cricket.com,” An ICC announcement revealed.

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