LAHORE: Pakistan right-handed batsman Umar Akmal has claimed that he was offered money to miss matches against India in previous World Cups and two deliveries during a match.
In an interview, the batsman claimed he was offered $200,000 to miss two deliveries during a World Cup match. “In 2015 World Cup and all matches against Inda, bookies have offered me money to miss those games,” Akmal further claimed.
“I refused the offers and told them that I don’t want this kind of money so do not talk to me on this topic.”
Tweeting about the interview, sports journalist Faizan Lakhani said that wonder if Umar Akmal had ever reported these approaches, if not, then this statement will get him in more trouble.
Umar Akmal claims he was offered $200,000 during World Cup to leave two deliveries, tells @Shoaib_Jatt that he was also offered money to skip games against India. I wonder if Akmal had ever reported these approaches, if not then this statement will get him in more troubles. pic.twitter.com/inIQLN5Np4
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) June 24, 2018
Umar Akmal has remained surrounded by several controversies during his cricketing career including differences with former coach Waqar Younis, current head coach Micky Arthur and fitness issues.
He has not been included in the national team mainly due to his fitness issues and attitude towards the game.
This new statement can get him in more trouble as fast bowler Muhammad Irfan and spinner Muhammad Nawaz had faced bans for not informing board regarding the approaches by bookies.