Umar Akmal
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In a surprising revelation, Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal revealed he had received an offer to spot-fix during Pakistan’s 2015 Cricket World Cup game against arch-rivals India.

Meanwhile, India won the match at Adelaide as Virat Kohli top-scored with 76 runs. Furthermore, India bowed out in the semifinals losing to champions Australia by 95 runs.

In an interview, the parttime wicketkeeper-batsman Umar said that every time Pakistan is playing India, he gets various offers. He also claimed that bookmakers have offered him to sit out of matches and earn a huge sum for that.

Moreover, he reiterated ahead of the clash between the arch-rivals in the 2015 World Cup, bookies asked him to play two dot balls in exchange of $200,000.

I had got an offer during the World Cup to leave alone two balls and they were willing to pay me $200,000 for that. It was our first match against India in the 2015 World Cup,” Umar reveals to Samaa TV.

Umar Akmal
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Umar scored 29 runs in 2011 and got out for a duck in 2015. Apart from that, he has played three World Twenty20 games and managed 21 runs in 2012, 33 runs in 2014 and 22 runs in 2016 against India.

In the only other ICC event game he has played in the Champions Trophy 2009, Umar bagged a duck.

Umar Akmal went on to say that this was nothing new, and similar offers came to him in the past.

Similar offers have came in the past as well. In the matches with India I’ve been told to make some excuse and opt out of the game for which I’d be paid but I have told those people that I am committed to Pakistan and to not approach me ever with such offers,” he continued.

Both the teams will once again lock horns in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup next year at Old Trafford on June 16.

The 28-year-old Umar last played for Pakistan in an ODI against Australia Down Under in January 2017.

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Ankush Das

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