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Shoaib Akhtar spills the beans on the heights of match fixing

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar during release of his autobiography "Shoaib Akhtar Controversially Yours" at a function in New Delhi on Friday. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)
Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has spilled the beans over some of the match-fixing allegations that occurred during his time. The revelations come a few short days following the well-documented spat between Shahid Afridi and Javed Miandad. The latter, who was a part of the Pakistan side in a coaching capacity went on to state that he had evidence of Afridi fixing matches for Pakistan in the past.

Shoaib Akhtar, who serves as a commentator for the most part of his time these days, was also found guilty of using drugs towards the end of his career. Akhtar also claimed to have warned fixing convict Mohammad Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting people who could lure players to match-fixing.

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“The atmosphere of the Pakistan dressing room was very strange. Trust me it was the worst possible dressing-room,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by Geo News.

Throwing light on what has happened thus far in terms of the spat between Miandad and Afridi, Akhtar added that going to court may as well seen many names in Pakistan cricket tainted. He also revealed that he spoke to both parties and advised them to keep a tab on their anger.

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“To resolve the matter through talks was a possible solution. I spoke to Afridi and Javed bhai to settle the matter outside court. If it would have to go to the court, then a lot of names would have cropped up,” Akhtar told Geo Tv.

“My main concern was that. I told Afridi not to send a legal notice and advised Javed bhai to keep control of his anger and not say anything controversial in public. He exceeded limits by uttering unnecessary things.”

“Things are said in the heat of the moment and I also said some inappropriate things in the heat of the moment. I take them back,” Miandad said recently.

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