Karachi, July 19: Pakistan international players, Mohammad Shami and Umar Akmal found themselves in troubled waters after media mentioned their names in the ongoing spot-fixing hearings of the Pakistan Super League.
It has been learnt that a top official in the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom in his testimony before the three-member anti-corruption tribunal in the spot-fixing case has mentioned the names of Umar and Sami.
Moreover, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who is presently in London talking to a Pakistani newspaper also took names of Umar and Sami.
But PCB legal advisor, Salman Naseer refused to comment on both the players and also advised the media to refrain from taking names of any players.
“I would advise the media and everyone else to refrain from taking names of any players without official confirmation as it causes problems and so far I don’t recall anyone in the tribunal and board taking the names of these two players anywhere,” he said.
When asked to confirm if it was correct the NCA official had taken the names of Sami and Umar during his testimony, Salman said no comments.
But the names cropping up has already started to create problems for both the players.
The fast bowler, Sami who is in demand in most foreign T20 leagues, for example, has been asked by the organisers of the Caribbean Premier League whether there is any investigation going on against him.
Similarly, the same question has been posed to Umar who is in London undergoing treatment for a knee problem. Both players have been posed the questions after they were given clearance by the PCB to play in the CPL.
So far the PCB has made no official comment but the two players are apparently trying to convince the board to clear things up publicly.
(With PTI inputs)