Al Jazeera Fixing Scandal

Umar Akmal to appear before PCB’s anti-corruption unit over Al Jazeera documentary

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption unit (ACU) has approached cricketer Umar Akmal to record his statement regarding a recent Al Jazeera documentary on corruption in cricket, in which he was shown to meet an alleged match-fixer’s associate.

In the documentary released on Sunday, Akmal — who is currently out of the national team — was photographed “receiving and peering into a bag allegedly given to him” by the associate of a man named Aneel Munawar, though the photographs did not show whether Akmal had left with the bag.

PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed today revealed that Akmal has been contacted on the matter, and that he has agreed to appear before the ACU once he is free from his domestic cricketing commitments.

Subhan said that the PCB has a “zero tolerance policy” on corruption and match-fixing issues, adding that “we have assured the ICC that our anti-corruption unit will thoroughly investigate the allegations leveled at our national cricketer.”

Earlier, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered evidence of corruption at the highest levels of international cricket.

It appears to involve two dozen fixes in 15 international matches.

The evidence, from 2011 and 2012, points to a small group of England players allegedly carrying out spot-fixes in seven matches; Australia players in five matches; Pakistan players in three, with players from other teams carrying out spot-fixes in one match. In some cases, both teams appear to have delivered a fix.

Spot-fixes affect just a small part of the game and do not determine the overall result.

Al Jazeera has obtained purported recordings of a match-fixer calling in the fixes to a notorious Indian bookmaker linked to the organised crime. He is unaware that the recordings were leaked.

The files suggest that the suspected fixes were usually carried out by batsmen who agreed to underperform. Some of the world’s most famous players were batting when the fixes allegedly occurred.

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