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ICC~~s anti-corruption unit to review Akhtar claims

Published: Friday, April 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Lahore: International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit (ACU) officers will review the claims of banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar that he was offered money to underperform during the Pakistan's tours to India and South Africa.

''We are aware of his comments and let me reiterate the ICC has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in sports,'' an ICC spokesman told local media.

Yesterday, Shoaib disclosed on a Pakistan news channel that he was offered money to underperform and rejected many such offers made to him.

''It happened in Johannesburg and India but I never accepted them as I can't betray my country,'' Shoaib said in an interview to Geo TV.

''And what do I get in return - a five-year ban the example of which you don't get anywhere in the cricket world. Even players who were fined and found involved in match-fixing issues didn't get such bans,'' he added.

However, Pakistan team manager Talat Ali, denied Shoaib's claims and said, ''He didn't report anything to me. This is the first I have heard about it.''

The ICC Code of Conduct states that players are required to report any approach made to them by a bookmaker or any other corrupt approach to their captain, team manager, a senior board official or to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.

Agencies 

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