ICC anti-corruption team interviews Shoaib Akhtar over corruption claims

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Karachi, Apr.9 : Pakistan's banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been interviewed by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), team, sources said on Tuesday.

The ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) declined to comment on the development, which comes a week after Shoaib claimed in a TV interview to have several times been offered money to underperform but rejected them for the love of his country.

Col Nuruddin Khawaja, ACSU security officer in Pakistan, said only the ICC was authorised to comment while an ICC spokesman said: "We don't comment on the activities of the ACUSU."

Sources said an investigating officer interviewed Shoaib and some other players with the assistance of Khawaja. The officer arrived two days ago and would now submit a report to the ACSU.

Shoaib said in his TV interview that he got offers in South Africa and India and back in 2003 was offered bags of money but told the man to get out of his room.

Under the ICC Code of Conduct a player who fails to report an approach to fix games or underperform to his captain, team manager, board or the ACSU can be banned for one to five years.

ANI

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