Match-fixing suspicion: Pakistan committee summons Kamran Akmal

By AFP
Published: July 3, 2012
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Committee summons wicket-keeper batsman to clear him from suspicion of match-fixing, to revive his derailed career. PHOTO: AFP

Committee summons wicket-keeper batsman to clear him from suspicion of match-fixing, to revive his derailed career. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: A Pakistani cricket committee has summoned wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal in a bid to clear him from suspicion of match-fixing and revive his derailed career, an official said Tuesday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) integrity committee will question Kamran on Wednesday, following his inclusion in the preliminary 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September and October.

“Kamran has been summoned by the committee and he has been asked to submit some material,” PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told AFP, without giving further details.

The 30-year-old has not been selected for Pakistan since the 2011 World Cup, and the board said he was not considered for selection because he had not been cleared by the committee.

“Kamran is among the 30 probables for the World Twenty20 but his inclusion in the final team is subject to clearance from the integrity committee,” chief selector Iqbal Qasim told AFP.

Kamran’s name was mentioned at last year’s spot-fixing trial in England, but he was neither summoned by the London court nor banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Former Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned and jailed for contriving deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010.

Kamran was also accused of deliberately under-performing during Pakistan’s surprise defeat against Australia in the 2010 Sydney Test, where he failed to run out Shane Watson and dropped three chances on Michael Hussey.

Despite the allegations, Kamran claimed to have a clearance letter from the ICC saying he is not being investigated.

He also vowed to clear his name through the integrity committee, which reportedly asked for details of his assets and bank accounts.

He was axed from the team after a dismal keeping behind the stumps at the World Cup where he dropped New Zealand’s Ross Taylor twice in paceman Shoaib Akhtar’s one over.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Jul 3, 2012 - 2:55PM

    Please do not tell me you are asking him to come over so that his name can be cleared. It can never be. ICC’s clearance does not matter when whatever he did was evident on the tv screens.

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  • ahmad
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:02PM

    its obvious he was the mastermind …. now being cleared…..why…..

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  • Skeptical
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Making Hafeez T20 captain looks like part of the plan, as the innocent guy might not be able to see through Malik-Akmal combination so easily…

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  • iftikhar
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:23PM

    The way he kept wickets at the test against Australia and did not run Watson out is not fixing, then Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohamamd Asif should also be declared innocents and allowed back into the team (oh yes, please don’t forget Kaneria also). Then we will truly have a team of fixers.
    If a research is conducted, it will be clearly shown that that Kamran Akmal had willfully dropped more catches and missed stumpings and run outs than he caught, stumped and ran batsmen out.

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  • GreenOval
    Jul 3, 2012 - 10:57PM

    They should also call upon Zulqarnain Haider to hear his side of story. Additionally, they should review Kamran’s contributions in Sydney test, if they have already not seen the clips. Pakistan should move on, and not consider the tainted and suspicious players.

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