Sydney, May 21: Pakistan Wicket-keeper batsmen Kamran Akmal has strongly denied charges of match-fixing labelled against him. He said he has always given his best while playing for the nation.
“I have always worked hard for Pakistan and will play for the country. No one has the right to disgrace my nation. I feel bad for my parents, who watch the news like everyone else," Akmal told ESPN-Star Sports.
“I have told the Pakistan Cricket Board whatever I had to and I am sure that the board will look into it," he added.
Akmal who was labelled by former team officials, including coach Intikhab Alam, said he wants to prove all allegations put against him wrong through his performance during Pakistan's tour of Australia, this winter.
Current team coach, Waqar Younis supported Akmal and said he did not believe that Akmal was into any match-fixing.
“If you don''t have any proof you should just keep quiet. I won''t have a problem selecting Kamran, I think he was one of our better performers in the World
Twenty20. There are some very ugly agendas and people trying to benefit here," The Age quoted Waqar, as saying.
During an inquiry on the team's performance in Australia, Alam had named Akmal's name and alleged him to have possible match-fixing ties.
“Kamran is a matchwinner but every time we came close to a victory, he played a bad shot and got out. I was flabbergasted when Kamran missed the run-out. I have serious doubts about him. I have heard stories about match-fixing," Alam was heard saying in a video, which was leaked to the media earlier this week.