Akmal under investigation says the ICC

Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 14:52 [IST]
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ICC sends official notice to Akmal

The International Cricket Council(ICC) has sent an official notice to Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal notifying him that he is under investigation for allegedly fixing the Sydney Test match.

"Only months after clearing the Pakistan team of any wrongdoing in relation to the controversial Test, the ICC has written to Kamran to advise him he is now in their crosshairs for the Sydney debacle," a report in the Courier Mail said.

Kamran Akmal had a dismal performance in the series dropping four catches in the Sydney Test where Australia came back from a losing position, raising doubts of possible match-fixing. The ICC had then investigated the matter and gave a clean chit to him.

However, the ICC was left with major suspisions after Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed reportedly claimed that the SCG Test was rigged and players involved in the corruption had pocketed USD 3 million for the staged loss.

"ICC investigators have re-opened the SCG case and fingered Kamran as their primary suspect. But investigations arent moving at a fast pace, with the NSW Fraud Squad yesterday revealing they had received no contact from Scotland Yard detectives or the ICC," the report said.

Even as the investigators probe the SCG Test, Australian wicketkeeping great Ian Healy defended Akmal saying that Kamran could not have dropped those catches deliberately.

"You couldnt drop those on purpose the way he was," he said.


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