Wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has accused team-mate Kamran Akmal of being involved in corruption, adding that he will be bringing forward the proof against him soon. In a message posted on his facebook account, Zulqarnain criticised the selection of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal in the national team for the series against Australia and the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
“The fact is that Kamran has not yet been cleared by the ICC of wrong doing and has only been cleared by the national selectors and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” he claimed. “If he has any clearance letter from the ICC, he should show it publicly and if he doesn’t do that then I will be forced to come out with the truth,” he added. He said he would make some startling revelations about the involvement of some players in spot-fixing if Kamran didn’t show his clearance letter. Stating that he was forced to post his feelings as he wanted Pakistan cricket be clean and clear of corruption, Zulqarnain said: “I have said what is in my mind and until now, I have kept quiet in the hope that the PCB will not allow players with question marks surrounding their performances to play again.” He also said that chief selector Iqbal Qasim headed the same department (National Bank) for which Kamran played. “That is why he has recalled Kamran and this should be investigated,” he added. Earlier, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf had claimed in a TV interview that Kamran was picked in the team after the board sought advice from the ICC on his clearance. The ICC, however, made it clear that it had issued no clearance for Kamran and his selection was purely an internal matter of the PCB. Kamran was picked in the Pakistan squad last month for the Twenty20 matches and on last Monday, the selectors also included him in the one-day squad in place of Sarfraz Ahmed. The experienced keeper was sidelined from the national team for about a year and a half after last appearing in the 2011 World Cup. His name was also mentioned in the spot-fixing trial held in London last year.Kamran, who is currently in Sri Lanka playing in the country’s premier league when contacted, refused to comment on Zulqarnain’s latest outburst. “I have been selected in Pakistan team and my focus right now is on just performing for my country,” Kamran said.
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