Akmal approached by illegal bookie in 2012, according to reports

"Umar, after being pestered by this unknown caller, informed the Pakistan team security manager who brought the matter into the notice of the ICC's ACSU immediately"

“Umar, after being pestered by this unknown caller, informed the Pakistan team security manager who brought the matter into the notice of the ICC’s ACSU immediately”

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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was approached by an illegal bookie during the national team’s series against England in the United Arab Emirates in 2012, according to reports.

Akmal allegedly reported the approach to Pakistan’s team security manager.

“Umar, after being pestered by this unknown caller, informed the Pakistan team security manager who brought the matter into the notice of the ICC’s ACSU immediately,” a source who was aware of the incident told PTI. “Umar was part of the Pakistan Test squad in that series which Pakistan won 3-0 and also of the one-day squad that Pakistan lost to England.”

The source also noted that the caller used a number from India and tried to convince Akmal to get involved in match-fixing on three different occasions.

In 2010, veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi voiced his concern about British bookie Mazhar Majeed after he started becoming very close to a number of players.

Majeed was arrested and jailed for match-fixing in 2011, along with then Pakistan captain Salman Butt and the pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

The source added that such attempts to coax players into match-fixing were not uncommon.

“Most of the players prefer to just ignore such approaches but eventually the team management does come to know about them,” the source said.

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