Kamran Akmal Cleared Off Fixing Charges
In a new twist to the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal, ICC, Scotland Yard and ECB on Tuesday have cleared Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal off any match-fixing charges alleged against him.
Akmal was not called by the UK police for the second round of interrogation where his other three tainted teammate — Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif – were called for questioning.
Akmal was among the four players allegedly accused of spot-fixing in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.
Earlier, former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has declared Akmal completely innocent of match-fixing despite his butter-gloved display in the Sydney Test in January this year.
Seven Pakistani players are being investigated by Scotland Yard detectives on allegations of deliberating delivering three no-balls during the team’s fourth and final Test against England, which Pakistan lost on Sunday.
Meanwhile, three more arrests have been made by the Customs investigators in connection with the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal involving Pakistani cricketers. Two men and a woman, all from London, were questioned on Monday night as part of an investigation into money laundering before being released on bail, HM Revenue and Customs said in a statement.
A British TV reported that a 35-year-old woman from the Croydon area and a 49-year-old man in North London were arrested to investigate a second, separate, criminal investigation into allegations of cricket match fixing.
“Mazhar Majeed, the Pakistan players’ agent and fixer at the centre of the News of the World story was re-arrested by the customs service as part of a connected investigation into money laundering. He was released only today,” the TV said.
Majeed was arrested by the Scotland Yard on Saturday over allegations of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers. All three were questioned by customs investigators around suspicion of money laundering in connection with cricket match fixing and were released on bail. Majeed has been bailed to appear before police at a future date. He is alleged to have offered the bribes.