Former Cricketer Exposes How Umar Akmal Tried to Force Him into Match-Fixing

Former Pakistan cricketer, Zulqarnain Haider, has accused his teammate, Umar Akmal, of asking him to deliberately underperform in a crucial South Africa ODI in 2010.

Talking about Umar Akmal’s suspension, the wicket-keeper batsman said that he has been advocating for life bans for such cricketers, saying it’s not surprising at all for him to hear about the punishment by the PCB.

No, it is not news to me. I am not at all surprised. In fact, these players should be banned for life. I have been telling this from my experience.

Reflecting on the incident from 2010, the former cricketer said that Umar Akmal came out with the drinks and asked me to underperform with the bat.

It was a very crucial match and when I was batting, Umar Akmal brought drinks for us and told me to underperform. His clear words were: don’t bat efficiently.

Angered at Umar’s words, Zulqarnain told him to carry the drinks and perform his own duties and later informed the team management about the incident.

I told him to only perform his drinks man duty. The matter was also brought to the team management after the match.

Zulqarnain himself was a troubled cricketer considering he ran away to England due to alleged threats when he was only 24. He only represented Pakistan in 8 international games including a solitary Test.


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It is worth mentioning that it was Umar Akmal’s only 1st year in the national team when he was allegedly part of such revolts and coups against certain players.


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  • In Pakistan anyone can accuse anyone else without proof. This is a part of our culture

    Haider was called up to the senior national side in 2010 as cover for wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal. So Haider’s accusation is just a part of propaganda against Akmal brothers as He don’t like them at all.
    Rather than accusing anyone he should give a valid proof. If he cannot then he should shut up.

  • I am with Zulqarnain. Such greedy personalities should be treated as traitor and punished accordingly. He would soon forget three years ban after it is over. Life ban would made him repent.

  • Match fixing is going on for sometimes now, but after the final of 1999 England World Cup, it become so clear and the so called current hero’s and legends, Sultans are also involved. Justice Qayyum’s report is still on internet and anyone can have a check. It is so easy after spending time in and out of the country 10-15 years, when people forgot everything, start a new career as expert, coach, or a commentator with any local or foreign channel and start looting again. These all are traitors and should be given harsh punishment a traitor of the country deserves, but the irony is the one’s who are suppose to punish are also equally corrupt and traitors.


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