Cape Town - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has told Umar Akmal to explain
the comments he made about being approached to fix games during the 2015 World
Akmal, who last played an international game in January last
year, said in a TV interview on Sunday that he was approached to spot-fix in
Pakistan's first game of the 2015 World Cup against India.
The 28-year-old also stated that he has been offered money
to be involved in spot-fixing in all their games against India.
Akmal told the Samaa TV Channel: "I had got an offer
during the World Cup to leave two balls alone and they were willing to pay me
$200 000 for that.
"It was our first match against India in the 2015 World
Cup... in fact, every match I play against India, they offer me money to make
some excuse and opt out of the game.
"But I have told those people that I am very sincere
about playing for Pakistan and to not talk to me on this topic ever
The PCB now wants Akmal to come forward with more
information while the ICC said it will also launch an investigation.
The ICC said in a statement: "The ICC is aware of a
recent interview given by Umar Akmal.
"Whilst we note that there is no suggestion that any
'fix' actually took place, the ICC is reliant on players to report any corrupt
approaches in a timely manner. This is critical to our efforts to gather
information on potential 'fixers' and to disrupt and prevent their efforts to
corrupt the game.
"As such we are taking Akmal's comments very seriously.
"We have launched an investigation and wish to speak to
Mr Akmal as a matter of urgency.
"Our Anti-Corruption Unit is committed to working to
uphold integrity in cricket and would urge anyone with any information to
contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org."