Spot-Fixing Scandal: ICC writes to Akmal
London: Scotland Yard might not have called him for questioning but Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal remains under the ICC’s scanner with cricket’s world governing body reportedly writing to him in the wake of the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal.
According to the BBC, “Akmal has been contacted in writing by the ICC, though there is no suggestion that he is the fourth player (under investigation) and it is not in relation to incidents in the recent fourth Test at Lord’s.”
Akmal was suspected of match-fixing earlier this year as well when he dropped as many as four catches during the Sydney Test against Australia, which Ricky Ponting’s men miraculously won by 36 runs.
The latest corruption scandal, which has left Pakistan embarrassed and angry in equal measure, has so far led to the suspension of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, who has been lambasting the ICC for suspending the players and calling the entire episode a conspiracy against Pakistan, climbed down slightly.
After vouching for the players’ innocence for days, he said, “If the News of the World evidence is correct, then I would banish them from cricket.”