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Foulplay: Akmal in a fix

sports Updated: May 19, 2010 00:26 IST

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Pakistan cricket is facing a fresh controversy as the video recording of the recent PCB inquiry committee proceedings has been leaked.

The video has former Pakistan coaches Intikhab Alam and Aaqib Javed suspecting Kamran Akmal of being involved in match-fixing during the Australia tour. Intikhab and Aaqib were coaches on that tour.

A TV channel aired the video recordings of the statements made by officials and players to the inquiry committee in February-March.

Aaqib, when asked about the performance of wicketkeeper Kamran in the Sydney Test where he dropped four catches and missed an easy run-out, is heard saying there was something fishy. “I can't say for sure there's match-fixing, but I have my strong suspicion.”

In the video recordings of Intikhab Alam, there are more revelations. “Kamran is a match-winner but every time we came close to victory he played a bad shot and got out. I told him he's not doing justice to himself,” Intikhab is heard saying. “I have serious doubts about him. I have heard stories about match fixing. Even if we give him benefit of doubt, it is unbelievable how he could miss the run-out.” When Muhammad Yousuf was asked about Kamran's run-out during his hearing, he said, “Some things are obviously clear.”

‘Malik a bad influence’

Karachi: Meanwhile, in the video tape, Yousuf and Shahid Afridi can be seen telling the PCB probe panel that Shoaib Malik was a “negative character and a bad influence” on the team. One of the panel members even described Malik as a “termite” after being told by players and coaches that he played a lot of politics within the team.

Intikhab and Aaqib were seen telling the committee members that they wanted to send back Malik because of his “negative personality”.