Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s ex-chairman Khalid Mahmood has revealed that former cricketer Wasim Akram offered PKR 3 lacs to his teammate Ata-ur-Rehman to underperform in an ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1994.
In a video message, Mahmood disclosed that Ata confessed in an affidavit submitted to the Justice Qayyum Commission, the biggest investigation on match-fixing in the 90s, that Akram offered him money to perform below par.
“He [Ata] came to me and said Akram offered him 3 lacs for underperforming in the match. I took his statement in written and it was submitted to the Justice Qayyum report,” he said.
“Later on, he withdrew from his statement despite my support and said that he made the confession in a rush. I am sure he got threats from Akram to not make such statements in the court otherwise he would have been banned for life too along with other cricketers,” he added.
It must be noted Ata and Saleem Malik faced a lifetime ban due to their role in match-fixing. Later in 2008, the Lahore High Court lifted the ban from both the cricketers.