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Nov 13, 2011 at 01:52am IST

Kamran, Riaz ready to face ICC probe

Karachi: Pakistani cricketers Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz on Saturday said that they were ready to face any investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as they do not want their names to be linked with corruption and spot-fixing.

The two players, presently sidelined by the national selectors, said they were fed up with the constant media reports linking them to spot-fixing allegations.

"I don't like these media reports insinuating things about me. The selectors dropped me for the one-day series against Sri Lanka and that is their decision. But to insinuate I have been dropped because of some spot-fixing allegations is not acceptable," Riaz who starred in the 2011 World Cup said.

Kamran, Riaz ready to face ICC probe

Kamran Akmal (left) and Wahab Riaz (middle) said that they were ready to face any investigation linked to corruption by the International Cricket Council. (Getty Images)

The duo's name came up during the spot-fixing controversy when it first broke out during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010.

During the trial it was reported that the agent of the tainted trio (Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir), Mazhar Majeed had told undercover reporter Mazhar Mahmood that they were other Pakistani players involved in spot-fixing and mentioned the names of Kamran and Wahab.

Kamran said he could not understand the fresh allegations but an official in the PCB confirmed to PTI that besides performance issues, Wahab was also dropped for the one-day series against Sri Lanka because his name had cropped up again during the trial in London.

"We just wanted to be sure and safe that is all," the official said.

Wahab said he would like to see the PCB offer more support to the players and he was ready for any inquiry. Kamran shared the same view on the matter.

"What I know is that the ICC inquired about my assets and other things late last year and the PCB also held an inquiry about me. They both cleared me to play in the World Cup so what is the problem now," Kamran said.

Kamran said even last year after the spot-fixing scandal broke out he had sent a legal notice to Majeed for taking his name during the spot-fixing issue.

"He replied to the notice saying he had been misquoted and he meant something else,"

"I am open to any inquiry they want to check my assets andc accounts. I will cooperate with them but I want this stigma removed once for all," Kamran said.

He also suggested that the PCB hold regular checks on the assets and accounts of all players so that Pakistan 's image can be cleaned up and all doubts cleared.

"I would suggest that they have three month to six month checks on player assets and accounts. I am ready for this. If this can be done it would help a lot.''

Kamran, who has played 53 Tests, 137 ODIs and 38 T20s for Pakistan said he was already fighting hard to prove himself to the selectors.

"I want to remain focussed on cricket and try to come back to the Pakistan team so these allegations that come up don't help at all," he said.

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