The spirit of match-fixing is back to haunt Pakistan cricket as reports, according to PTI, claims that Umar Akmal was proposed to fix matches during a England’s tour of the UAE 2012, but the Jr. Akmal reported the matter to his team’s security manager and the matter was sorted then and there.
A source, as per PTI report, claimed that Umar Akmal had been called up frequently by a number from India. The caller made as may as three attempts to lure him into entering a fixing racket by promising him lucrative sum of money in return for his involvement.
“Umar, after being pestered by this unknown caller, informed the Pakistan team‘s security manager who brought the matter into the notice of the ICC’s ACSU immediately,” the source reported to PTI.
Source also praised Umar’s quick thinking and cooperation in reporting the matter which was also appreciated by the Pakistan team management and the ICC ACSU.
The source went on to report that bookie tried to contact Umar Ukmal during the Pakistan vs England series in the UAE in 2012.
“Umar was part of the Pakistan Test squad in that series which Pakistan won 3-0 and also of the One-Day squad that Pakistan lost to England,” the source stated.
It is widely report that this is the not the first reported incident where a Pakistani player has informed the team management about approaches by suspicious people on tour.
Earlier, all-rounder and former skipper Shahid Afridi had also said that during the 2010 World T20 and tour to England, British bookmaker Mazhar Majeed approached some players.
“Most of the players prefer to just ignore such approaches but eventually the team management does come to know about them,” the source concluded.