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Investigations under way in Umar Akmal fixing scandal, said ICC

The head of International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall said investigations are underway against Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal.

Earlier, this year, Akmal during an interview said, he was offered $200,000 by fixers to leave two deliveries in one of the matches. He also claimed that he was offered money to skip matches against India.

“I was once offered $200,000 for leaving two deliveries. I was also offered to skip matches against India,” he said in the interview.

The batsman also said that he was approached during ICC World Cup, including the 2015 edition played in Australia and New Zealand.

However, Akmal had failed to mention if he had reported this to the anti-corruption unit or not.

According to ICC anti-corruption code 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, players are bound to report all the corrupt approaches made to them during any event and failure of doing so carry a minimum punishment of five years.

Moreover, the ICC had conducted Akmal’s interview two months ago regarding the allegations.

The out-of-favour batsman was sent back from last year’s Champions Trophy after being declared unfit and was also dropped from the Lahore Qalandars side after failing to perform with the bat.

Earlier, Umar Akmal has been accused of inciting his teammates to throw cricket balls at the batsman during a first-class game.

Test cricketer Usman Salahuddin claimed that Akmal used inappropriate language and encouraged his teammates to throw the ball at him.

Salahuddin tried to hit Khurram Shehzad with his bat when the ball came towards him.

The match referee fined Salahuddin and Shehzad 50% of their match fees. No action has been taken against Akmal yet.

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