Malik, Akmal deny giving personal details to PCB

Karachi: Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal have rubbished reports that the PCB had instructed them to submit details of their movable and immovable property and bank accounts ahead of an ongoing process to clear them for inclusion in Pakistan’s preliminary squad for World Cup.

Referring to reports that the PCB was not satisfied with their documents, both said the board never asked for details of any accounts or assets.

“When the board has not asked us for anything so where does the question of us not satisfying them arise,” Malik told a newspaper from Dubai.

“I have never done anything in my career that has anything to do with corruption, I will be back in the team.”

The media reported that the two players had not submitted complete details of their bank accounts and properties to the board leaving the PCB’s integrity committee unhappy.

The PCB’s legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi, when contacted, said he would not make any comments on the working of the integrity committee at this stage as the process is still on.

But reliable sources in the board confirmed that the integrity committee had asked Malik, Kamran and leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria to give details of their bank accounts including foreign ones and assets.

“Kaneria has already submitted a number of details, it is hard to understand why Kamran and Malik are not in a state of denial,” the source said.

The PCB’s move to ask players to furnish details of their assets and accounts came after the International Cricket Council, apparently, told the board to take a call on players for the preliminary squad of 30.

PCB selectors are keen to consider the trio for the World Cup squad but since the board has given an assurance to the ICC that it would not select any player whose integrity was in doubt, the PCB had decided to conduct its own inquiry into the players dealings.

“That is the only reason the board has got an extension until January 5 from the ICC to announce its World Cup squad whereas other countries have already announced their probables including top teams like India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and Australia.

Akmal also claimed that he was upset with reports that he had four properties in Lahore in the name of his father.

“No one has asked me for any details of properties and I don’t own such properties as mentioned on the channels.”

He said whenever the board asked him for anything he would give it. “I am in form and I am keen to play the World Cup and I will do anything to get the board clear me for selection. Right now I really don’t know why they are not selecting me,” he said.

Malik said he also had nothing to hide from anyone. “I will give them anything they ask for. I just feel that I am in form and can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket in the coming months,” he said.


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