Pakistani Cricketers Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal Turned Down Offers to Fix One Day International Matches Against England – British Media Claimed!
According to reports, both the players immediately refused to get involved and reported the approaches to the team management. Both were approached separately about rigging the series, which England won 4-0.
“It happened during that period and the person got the appropriate reply from me,” Afridi was quoted as saying.
“Shahid was approached by a gentleman in the lobby of the team hotel, but didn’t hang about to hear how much they were offering,” the Sun newspaper reported quoting a source close to the Pakistan team.
PCB chief Najam Sethi has recently disowned Sussex paceman Naveed Arif publicly, who has been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board on charges of match-fixing alongside New Zealand’s Lou Vincent.
The PCB head said, “We have taken some stringent steps to stop corruption and have adopted zero tolerance on such things.”
Umar Akmal offered gifts and cash by team’s liaison officer at Hong Kong Sixes in 2012. Remarkably the approach to Akmal underperform came from a Pakistani based in Hong Kong who had been appointed as the Pakistan cricket team’s liaison officer for the tournament.
The liaison officer said to Akmal that he would be expected to score heavily in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament and that he could make him a very rich man if he made a series of unexpected low scores. Akmal was also informed by the liaison officer that he could help him own property all around the world if he worked with him. Akmal reported the approach from the liaison officer right away to team mates and the officer was immediately removed from his role. It’s also understood that the Pakistani team management in Kowloon reported the behaviour of the liaison officer to organisers of the highly popular Hong Kong Kong Sixes.
Pakistan’s team management in UAE informed the ACSU and Akmal was interviewed by an ACSU official after reporting the approach in UAE but was never interviewed by ICC’s anti corruption officials when he reported the similar approach in Hong Kong later the same year.