Karachi, June 5: It appears corruption has seeped into the cricketing fraternity in Pakistan. Former Pakistan batsman Mansoor Akhtar has been coerced into quit his senior position in a premier bank after being charged in a corruption case.
According to a report, Mansoor had to step down as head of the United Bank sports complex after being charged with committing fraud.
Mansoor, regarded as one of the most exemplary batsmen produced by Pakistan, appeared in 19 Tests and 41 one-day matches in a career spanning from 1980 to 1990.
The report said Mansoor stands accused of depositing cheques given by departments, banks and organisations into his own account when they were supposed to go towards paying the rent for the grounds. He is also accused of keeping salaries of "ghost" employees at the complex.
"He had a front man, an umpire named Ejaz Zaidi who worked for and collected the cheques and money and organised tournaments for him," the report said.
The report said that after receiving a complaint, the bank which used to have its own first class team and produced many leading players like Rashid Latif, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sikander Bakht, Basit Ali, Azhar Mahmood, conducted a departmental inquiry against Mansoor.