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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has freed former Pakistani cricketer Mansoor Akhtar from fixing charges. It is a moment of sigh for the player who has been living with guilt for years without being proven guilty.
He was named by another former cricketer, Umar Akmal, for approaching him for match-fixing. Umar himself has been dealing with a ‘tainted past’ and is not yet fully able to get over the multiple accusations and bans.
According to the batter, Mansoor approached him during Canada’s Global T20 League in 2019. Without blinking an eye, Umar reported the matter to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and to the event organizers.
It must be noted the right-handed batsman was representing Winnipeg Hawks where Akhtar was part of the management. The senior manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit has clarified that there are no fixing charges against Akhtar.
Mansoor Akhtar proven innocent as ICC clears him of corruption charges
The 64-year old was informed of ICC’s decision through Whatsapp. He received a letter the important point of which reads as,
“I am writing to inform you of the outcome of the investigation into the corrupt approach that was allegedly made by you to a player in October 2019. This information has previously been notified to you via WhatsApp,”
“The investigation has now concluded, and the ICC will not be laying any charges against you. Decisions are made taking into account many factors however if any further evidence comes to notice the ICC reserves the right to reopen the investigation. We would like to thank you for your cooperation with the investigation,”