‘In Pakistan, this social media generation refers to me as match-fixer, says Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram


There was a forgettable part in his career, the part where he was accused of match-fixing and in a recent interview, Akram opened up about the allegations and how people in Pakistan have still not managed to forget what had unraveled in the 1990s.

 

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is regarded as one of the best pace bowlers in history. Akram had a career unlike any other, with a slew of wickets across formats, a World Cup title, and a slew of records. As a result, he could easily make any best XI team of all time even today. 

 

However, there was a forgettable period in his career when he was accused of match-fixing, and in a recent interview, Akram opened up about the allegations and how Pakistanis have yet to forget what happened in the 1990s.

 

“In Australia, England, West Indies, and India, when they talk about the World XI, when they talk about the best bowler in the world, my name pops up but in Pakistan, this generation, this social media generation, they are the one who comes down, every comment they send, they say, ‘oh, he is a match fixer’, not knowing what it was,” said Akram.

 

Why does Wasim Akram often face such allegations?

The event backdated to the year 1996 when Wasim was accused of fixing the game between Pakistan and New Zealand at Christchurch. 

Later, his withdrawal from the 1996 World Cup clash against Team India in the quarterfinals became another reason for facing flak from fans.

According to a Geo. tv report, the Pakistan Cricket Board established an inquiry panel to investigate the match-fixing allegations against Wasim Akram. 

The panel’s report was published in 2000 and held several cricketers responsible for the crime, including Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman.

Akram was given the benefit of doubt by the commission in its report. 

However, the commission also fined him Rs 300,000 after the report was published.

 

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