Akmal, Rana react strongly against match-fixing allegation

Updated: 27 February 2010 16:18 IST

Kamran Akmal and Rana Naved have reacted strongly to the reports, which said they were under investigation by Pakistan Cricket Board.

Akmal, Rana react strongly against match-fixing allegation

Karachi:

Senior Pakistan players Kamran Akmal and Rana Naved have reacted strongly to the reports, which said they were under investigation by Pakistan Cricket Board for their alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Both Akmal and Naved denied they had any link with the bookmakers or were involved in match-fixing.

The Voice of America, quoting a highly placed source in the board reported today that both the players were dropped for the T20 international series against England in Dubai this month for this very reason.

"I will be consulting the board and my lawyer also to decide what action to take against the VOA for making these false allegations," Akmal said.

He said he had always played his cricket cleanly and for the team and was shocked by the allegations against him.

"I am definitely going to take this matter further," he said.

The Chairman of the board Ejaz Butt had stopped short of naming the two players yesterday at a press conference.

After first saying that two Pakistani players were under investigation for match fixing, he later retracted his statement saying he was talking about an old case.

But Butt spread confusion when he further said that the board was provided such information by the ICC that the PCB was forced to take action against the players.

Rana said that he had a feeling that there was conspiracy against him and he was also contemplating legal action against the people who gave the news.

"I have always tried to do my best for my country, look at my performances, how can anyone say I am involved in match-fixing," Rana said.

Both players were dropped recently for the T20 series against England in Dubai without the selectors giving any reason for this decision.

Although both were named in the list of 30 probables announced yesterday for T20 World Cup, the VOA report quoted a source in the board as saying they would not be selected in the final squad.

Meanwhile, a PCB spokesman also denied that any current player was involved in match-fixing.

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