Earlier, it was reported that Umar Akmal had been approached by bookies © Getty Images
Earlier, it was reported that Umar Akmal had been approached by bookies © Getty Images

 

Karachi: May 26, 2014

 

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has firmly rejected reports issued in a UK newspaper, saying that no one approached him to rig the One-Day Internationals between English and Pakistan. According to The Dawn, reports in the British tabloid newspaper had alleged that Pakistani cricketers Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal turned down proposals by a bookmaker to rig the series between the two countries, which was won 4-0 by England.

 

However, Afridi had been quoted in the report saying that it had happened during that period and the person, who approached the Pakistani players on various occasions, had got the appropriate reply from him.

 

Earlier, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf who is fighting a court battle to get himself reinstated as PCB chief said that he had no knowledge of an approach, to any Pakistani player, by bookies, during the series between Pakistan and England in the UAE in 2012. “No information was brought to my knowledge. I don’t think any such incident actually occurred there,” Ashraf told a local television channel, News One TV.