Whenever there is a discussion about the best bowlers who played the game, the name of former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram always comes up. With over 900 international wickets (414 in Tests and 502 in ODIs), the former left-armer earned the tag ‘Swinging King’ during his playing days. After drawing the curtains on his illustrious career in 2003, Akram transformed into a successful broadcaster. He has even served as a coach in several franchise cricket tournaments, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), and has mentored youngsters. However, allegations of match-fixing often dogged him during the late 1990s.
In conversation with Wade Globalism From sports, Waseem recently opened up about the issue. He said how Pakistan’s generation today still refers to him as a match-fixer, adding that the allegations prompted him to write his autobiography, Sultan: A Memoir.
“In Australia and England and the West Indies and India, when they talk about the World XI, when they talk about the best player in the world, my name comes up but in Pakistan, this generation, this generation of social media, they’re the ones who come down, every comment they send, they say, “Oh, he’s a match fixer,” and they don’t know what it is. “I’m past that point in my life where I have to worry about people,” Akram said.
Wasim Akram” in Australia, the West Indies, and England India When they talk about one of the best bowlers in the world, my name comes up. But in Pakistan, this generation of social media is branding me a match-fixer” (courtesy Wide World of Sports) #cricket pic.twitter.com/0pNjQHK35W– Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 20, 2022
Why is Wassim Akram often facing such allegations?
The event dates back to 1996 when Wasim was accused of fixing the match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Christchurch. Later, his withdrawal from the 1996 World Cup match against India team in the quarter-finals became another reason to face an attack from the fans.
According to Geo.tv report, Pakistan cricket The council formed an investigative committee to investigate allegations of match-fixing against Wasim Akram. The committee’s report was published in 2000 and held several cricketers responsible for the crime, including Salim Malik and Atta-ur-Rehman.
The committee gave Akram the benefit of the doubt in its report. However, the committee also fined him Rs 300,000 after publishing the report.
The evidence against Wasim Akram did not reach the required level, primarily due to perjury by Rahman himself. And the report stated, according to what was reported by Geo.tv.
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However, there was some evidence casting doubt on his integrity. As such, this committee recommends that he be removed from the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team and that a person of impeccability be appointed. Furthermore, he should be admonished and kept in check and his financial affairs investigated. “.