Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made yet another sensational revelation about match-fixing in cricket. The legendary pacer recently left many surprised by opening up on the match-fixing culture within Pakistan cricket. In the last couple of decades, Pakistan cricket has suffered numerous setbacks due to the match-fixing exposes.
The biggest scandal took place in 2010 when three players Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and the-then captain Salman Butt were caught in match-fixing. Pakistan were touring England at that time with Shoaib Akhtar also being a part of the squad. And he recently gave an insight on just how widespread match-fixing was within the team.
Shoaib Akhtar claimed that sometimes he felt like almost everyone in his team as well as the opposition were match-fixers. He also revealed his former teammate Asif told him about how he fixed a match.
“I was always of the belief that I can never cheat Pakistan, no match-fixing but I was surrounded by match-fixers. I was playing against 21 people (sic) — 11 theirs and 10 ours. Who knows who was the match-fixer,” Shoaib Akhtar revealed during a talk show ‘Rewind With Samina Peerzada’.
“There was so much match-fixing. Asif told me which all matches they had fixed and how they did it,” he added.
The ex-cricketer has now revealed his own encounter with a bookie. In a recent interview, Shoaib Akhtar insisted that he was offered a million dollars, two Mercedes cars and an apartment in Fulham to fix a game. Akhtar said he not only turned down the offers but also beat the guy who made the offer.
“I was offered a million Dollars, 2 S-Class Mercedes and an apartment in Fulham to fix a match – I closed the door and gave the guy who made the offer a beating,” Shoaib Akhtar was quoted as saying by Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq in his tweet.
Shoaib Akhtar "I was offered a million Dollars, 2 S-Class Mercedes and an apartment in Fulham to fix a match – I closed the door and gave the guy who made the offer a beating" #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 2, 2019