Umar Akmal served notice by PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit to explain spot-fixing approach claims

Waseem Ahmed 25/06/2018
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Akmal will need to appear before the ACU before June 27.

Umark Akmal has been summoned by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) to explain his sensational claims of being approached by spot-fixers during the ICC 2015 World Cup.

Akmal had made the startling claims during a recent appearance on Samaa TV.

“I had got an offer during the World Cup to leave alone two balls and they were willing to pay me $200,000 for that,” he said.

“It was our first match against India in the 2015 World Cup.

“Similar offers have been made in the past as well.

“In the matches with India I’ve been told to make some excuse and opt out of the game for which I’d be paid but I have told those people that I am committed to Pakistan and to not approach me ever with such offers.”

The PCB notice for Akmal comes on the heels of the ICC announcing its own investigations into the matter.

“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,” the ICC’s official statement had said.

“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,” it added.

Under the Anti Corruption Code of the ICC, players are required to immediately report any approach by fixers and bookies. Failure to report an approach is punishable offence under both ICC and PCB anti-corruption laws and a player can face a maximum ban of up to five years if found guilty of doing so.

The 28-year-old batsman has been given an ultimatum to appear before PCB’s ACU by June 27. It is not yet clear whether Akmal had reported the approach at the time to the concerned authorities.

The controversial batsman last turned out in Pakistan colours in an ODI against Australia at Adelaide in 2017.

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Jos Buttler elated after battling nerves to help England inflict maiden ODI series whitewash on Australia

David Clough 25/06/2018
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Pure elation for Jos Buttler as he hits the winning runs at Old Trafford.

Jos Buttler admitted to feeling a little nervy before he administered the final blow to complete England‘s improbable one-wicket win and historic 5-0 whitewash of Australia.

Without Buttler, on his captain Eoin Morgan‘s acknowledgement, England would have had no chance at 114 for eight in pursuit of Australia’s under-par 205 all out in the one-day international series finale at Old Trafford.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman simply would not be denied as first he and Adil Rashid got England within range in a ninth-wicket stand of 81 – and then he struck a straight six off Marcus Stoinis and the cover-driven four which clinched the deal off the same bowler.

There were some stressful moments, of course, as Buttler (110no) and number 11 Jake Ball took one unexpected single and declined others.

Buttler got it unquestionably right when it mattered most, though, to edge a thrilling contest.

“It’s obviously a great feeling, hitting the winning runs… it’s pure elation, isn’t it?” he said.

“You know it’s one shot, but that’s probably when you become most flustered, when it’s in touching distance.

“You’ll probably never match that… one (wicket left) and plucking it from nowhere when we didn’t really have the right to win the game.

“Winning games when you didn’t deserve to, they’re almost the more enjoyable ones.”

England put themselves on course for this first whitewash over Australia in any format, dating back through almost 140 years of Ashes rivalry, when Moeen Ali’s career-best four for 46 helped to bowl the tourists out in just 34.4 overs.

Buttler lauded Adil Rashid for his fine effort with the bat.

Buttler lauded Adil Rashid for his fine effort with the bat.

But by the time they lurched to 50 for five in response, it looked a long shot.

Buttler was full of praise for Rashid, and Ball.

“Great credit to him to come out and face the balls,” he said of the latter.

“He did it beautifully (against Ashton Agar), fighting a few instincts, I think – he wanted to run down and try and smack it.

“But it’s a tough thing to do, soak up that pressure and deal with that – and a huge feather in his cap to know he’s come through.”

Asked if anyone else in the team could have won the match as Buttler did, Morgan said: “Probably not.

“To produce an innings like he did… he managed to get us over the line somehow, and when he plays like that he creates a lot of belief in the changing room that rubs off.

“It’s outstanding.”

Morgan’s opposite number Tim Paine must suffer the consequences of losing 5-0.

He said: “It stings. It does sting a lot.

“We were in a great position to win the game – and as well as Jos played, we just didn’t put them under enough pressure.

“It’s shown throughout the series – every time their good players have put us under pressure, with the bat or ball, we’ve stumbled a little bit.”

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England secured their first-ever whitewash over old foes Australia after winning the fifth and final ODI at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday by one wicket.

Jos Buttler scored a sensational unbeaten century (110) as England chased down Australia’s total of 205 after being nine wickets down. At one point, England were 114 for eight and all but out of the match.

Earlier, Australia’s openers Aaron Finch and Travis Head made an explosive start by racing away to 60 runs inside six overs before the former fell to Moeen Ali. The England off-spinner took four wickets in all as the Australia were bowled out for 205 inside 35 overs.

In reply, England were in deep trouble as they reached the mid-match break on 66-5. Pacer Billy Stanlake rattled the England top order before Buttler fought back.

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