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'Startling revelations' in Wasim Akram's biography on match-fixing, cricketing world

‘Sultan of Swing' says that the book titled “Sultan Wasim Akram” will be launched in the next few weeks

By Web Desk
September 10, 2022
Pakistans former skipper and legendary cricketer Wasim Akram. Photo: AFP/file
 Pakistan's former skipper and legendary cricketer Wasim Akram. Photo: AFP/file  

DUBAI: Former Pakistan skipper and legendary cricketer Wasim Akram has made “startling revelations” about Justice Malik Qayyum Commission report, match-fixing and cricket personalities in his forthcoming biography.

Talking to Daily Jang, ‘Sultan of Swing' said that the book titled “Sultan Wasim Akram” would be launched within the next few weeks.

“The author of his biography is a famous English writer,” he added.

He maintained that the book will be translated into many languages, including Urdu.

In his book, Akram shared memories related to his personal life and cricket career. He also discussed the 1992 World Cup and Imran Khan in the book.

Wasim Akram said that he has unveiled some important incidents related to cricket which were not unearthed till now.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had established an inquiry panel headed by Justice Qayyum of the Lahore High Court to investigate match-fixing allegations in the 1990s and the report published in 2000 hold several cricketers responsible including Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman.

It may be mentioned here that the commission, in its report on match-fixing, wrote about Wasim Akram: “The evidence against Wasim Akram has not come up to the requisite level, primarily because of Ata-ur-Rehman’s perjuring himself. This Commission is willing to give him the benefit of doubt. However, there has been some evidence to cast doubt on his integrity. As such, this Commission recommends that he be removed from the captaincy of the Pakistan Cricket Team and a person of impeccable character be appointed. Moreover, he should be censured, kept under watch, and his finances should be investigated.”

The commission also fined Wasim Akram Rs300,000.