Former Pakistan player Mansoor Akhtar cleared of fixing charges by ICC

Former Pakistan player Mansoor Akhtar cleared of fixing charges by ICC

Mansoor represented Pakistan in 19 Tests and 41 ODIs between 1980 and 1990.

Mansoor Akhtar
Mansoor Akhtar. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

In a huge relief for former Pakistan cricketer Mansoor Akhtar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared him of fixing charges. It may be noted that Mansoor was named by another Pakistani batter Umar Akmal for approaching him for fixing during 2019 Canada’s Global T20 League 2019.

Akmal had then reported the full matter to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption department and even the tournament organizers. To note, the right-handed batter was representing the Winnipeg Hawks in the tournament where Akhtar was a part of the management.

ICC gave the information to Mansoor Akhtar through WhatsApp

As per a letter sent to the former Pakistan cricketer, the Anti-Corruption Unit Senior Manager of ICC Steve Richardson clarified that no fixing charge are being leveled against him.

“I am writing to inform you of the outcome of the investigation into the corrupt approach that was allegedly made by you to a player in October 2019. This information has previously been notified to you via WhatsApp,” the letter stated.

“The investigation has now concluded, and the ICC will not be laying any charges against you. Decisions are made taking into account many factors however if any further evidence comes to notice the ICC reserves the right to reopen the investigation. We would like to thank you for your cooperation with the investigation,” it further added.

Mansoor represented Pakistan in 19 Tests and 41 ODIs between 1980 and 1990. The right-handed batter had amassed 655 and 593 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively and had also stroked three fifties and one hundred for the nation in Test cricket. His highest score is 111 in the international circuit. With the ball, he took two wickets in the 50-over format and gave away runs at an economy of 4.78.

He grabbed the limelight after he stitched an excellent 561 opening wicket partnership along with Waheed Mirza in a domestic match as he represented Karachi Whites against Quetta in 1976-77.