ICC informs that investigations are going on regarding Umar Akmal’s fixing claims
Akmal previously said that he was approached during 2015 ICC World Cup.
Updated - Sep 26, 2018 10:25 pm
Earlier this year, Pakistani right-handed middle-order batsman Umar Akmal revealed that bookies have got in touch with him during the 2015 World Cup. In an interview, the 28-year-old claimed that fixers offered him $200,000 to leave two deliveries in one of the matches. Furthermore, he went on to say that he was bribed to skip the match against Pakistan’s arch-rivals India.
This news caused a major stir in the media back then and it seems the International Cricket Council (ICC) is currently investigating these claims. The head of International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall said investigations are underway against Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal. The ICC usually doesn’t tolerate such activities and is looking into the matter keenly.
Umar Akmal’s revelations
“I was once offered $200,000 for leaving two deliveries. I was also offered to skip matches against India,” the out-of-favour batsman told in an interview. Also, he added that he was approached during ICC World Cup, including the 2015 edition played in Australia and New Zealand. He was already summoned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he made these claims.
The ICC has already conducted an interview of this Lahore batsman two months earlier. According to ICC anti-corruption code 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, players are bound to report all the corrupt approaches made to them during any event and failure of doing so carry a minimum punishment of five years.
Umar Akmal is already facing several issues on the professional front. He has been ignored by the selectors since the end of the Champions Trophy last year. Akmal was declared unfit and he subsequently lost his place in the Lahore Qalandars side as well after the string of poor performances. Now, these investigations will put his career in jeopardy and had he not reported the incident, Akmal would be up for a massive punishment which could further dent his career.