Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz ready to face ICC probe over corruption charges

Kamran Akmal said he is eager to make a comeback in the Pakistan side Getty Images

Karachi: Nov 12, 2011

Under scanner Pakistani cricketers Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz said they are ready to face any investigation by the ICC as they do not want their names to be linked with corruption and spot-fixing media reports.

The two players, presently sidelined by the national selectors, told PTI they were fed up with the constant media reports linking them to spot-fixing allegations.

“I don’t like these media reports insinuating things about me. The selectors dropped me for the one-day series against Sri Lanka that is their decision. But to insinuate I have been dropped because of some spot-fixing allegations is not acceptable,” Riaz who starred in the 2011 World Cup said.

Media has reported that their names were mentioned during the spot-fixing trial in London for their involvement in corruption with tainted Pakistani players Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir, who were jailed by a crown court in London last month for corruption and cheating.

During the trial it was reported that the agent for the tainted trio Mazhar Majeed had told undercover reporter Mazhar Mahmood that they were other Pakistani players involved in spot-fixing and mentioned the names of Kamran and Wahab.

Kamran said he could not understand the fresh allegations but an official in the PCB confirmed to PTI that besides performance issues, Wahab was also dropped for the one-day series against Sri Lanka because his name had cropped up again during the trial in London .

“We just wanted to be sure and safe that is all,” the official said.

Wahab said he would like to see the PCB offer more support to the players and he was ready for any inquiry.

Kamran was also clear on the matter. “What I know is that the ICC inquired about my assets and other things late last year and the PCB also held an inquiry about me. They both cleared me to play in the World Cup so what is the problem now,” Kamran said.

Kamran said even last year after the spot-fixing scandal broke out he had sent a legal notice to Mazhar Majeed for taking his name during the spot-fixing issue.

“He replied to the notice saying he had been misquoted and he meant something else,” Kamran added.

Kamran said he was ready to face any ICC inquiry.

“I am open to any inquiry they want to check my assets and accounts. I will cooperate with them but I want this stigma removed once for all,” he said.

Kamran also suggested that the PCB hold regular checks on the assets and accounts of all players so that Pakistan ?s image can be cleaned up and all doubts removed.

“I would suggest that they have three month to six month checks on player assets and accounts. I am ready for this. If this can be done it would help a lot,” he said.

The veteran of 53 Tests, 137 ODIs and 38 T20s said he was already fighting hard to prove himself to the selectors.

“I want to remain focused on cricket and trying to comeback to the Pakistan team so these allegations that come up don’t help at all,” Kamran said. (PTI)