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The Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) have frozen the bank accounts of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and batsman Azhar Ali for tax evasion and non-payment of dues.
It is understood that ul-Haq owes the FBR approximately 3.9 million rupees, while Ali has to pay 1.5 million rupees.
However, a source close to ul-Haq stated that the Pakistan captain intends to challenge the action taken by the FBR since there is a dispute over how much money he actually owes.
“We have frozen the bank accounts of Misbah and Azhar Ali and we aim to recover the outstanding dues if the amount is available in their accounts,” FBR spokesman Shahid Hussain said. “Their accounts have been frozen according to FBR laws for tax evasion and non-payment of tax dues.”
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official also noted that the board’s lawyers are looking into the matter.
“There is an ongoing dispute between the players and the FBR over the payment of dues,” the official said. “The dues are for taxable income they didn’t declare in their returns.”