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Leaked tape reveals match-fixing allegations made by Pak coaches against Akmal

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Lahore, May 19 (ANI): Days after the Pakistan Cricket Board's inquiry commission's report over the national team's disastrous Australia tour was leaked to the media, video footage of a hearing of the commission, which shows former team coaches Intikhab Alam and Aaqib Javed suspecting wicket keeper Kamran Akmal of being involved in match-fixing, has emerged.

The video, which is said to have been deliberately leaked by some of PCB officials, shows Alam and Javed alleging that they suspected that Akmal's shoddy performance throughout the tour was intentional, The Daily Times reports.

Kamran had dropped four catches in the Sydney Test, including three off middle order batsman Mike Hussey, after which he went on to make a century to help his team register a remarkable win in the Test match, in which the visitors were in commanding position right from the first innings.

"I have reservations over the way he missed the run out. When I saw it I couldn't believe it. How he could miss such a big run out? I can't say 100 percent that there is match-fixing, but I have my strong suspicions," the video shows Javed, as saying.

"I know all about it because I was a victim of it. In 1998, I presented evidence against players but the judge who was hearing the inquiry ended the matter," he added.

"I was flabbergasted when Kamran missed the run out. I have serious doubts about him. I have heard stories about match-fixing," said Alam.

The video has stirred a fresh controversy in Pakistan cricket, which already has been facing myriad troubles over the past few years. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 13:17 [IST]
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