Run-away wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider hurled allegations against wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal on Wednesday and threatened to reveal names of other Pakistani cricketers involved in spot-fixing, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI).
The report stated that Haider posted a message on his Facebook account criticising Kamran’s selection in the national team for the series against Australia and the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
“The fact is that Kamran has not yet been cleared by the ICC of wrongdoing and has only been cleared by the national selectors and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” the report quoted Haider.
Kamran, who was dropped after last year’s World Cup for poor performance, was named in the spot-fixing trial that took place in the UK last year but was not summoned by the court or the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, the PCB had excluded him from the team.
Kamran was also accused of deliberately under-performing in the Sydney Test during Pakistan’s tour to Australia in 2010.
The PTI report stated that Haider threatened of revealing more names involved in the spot-fixing scandal if Kamran fails to show his clearance letter. Haider told the PTI, “I have said what is in my mind and until now, I have kept quiet in the hope that the Pakistani board will not allow players with question marks surrounding their performances to play again.”
Kamran, when contacted by the PTI refused to comment on Haider’s statement and said, “I have been selected in the Pakistan team and my focus right now is on just performing for my country.”
Moreover, sources told PTI that the PCB was looking into Haider’s statements and was not happy with him. A source said that the PCB had asked him to refrain from making such statements and some disciplinary action could be taken against him.
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