OFF THE FIELD

Akhtar reveals Pakistan dirty secrets

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoiab Akhtar revealed that the match-fixing was at its peak in the 1996 and said that the dressing room environment was one of the worst he had seen in his career. The Rawalpindi Express revealed these secrets during a tv show. He said that the off-field incidents distracted many of the Pakistan cricketers, including himself, distracted them from concentrating on the game.

In the backdrop of ongoing controversy between Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi, that threatened to expose the fixing controversies once again, Akhtars revelations assume significance. Miandad claimed that Afrida had fixed the matches after taking money. He went to the extent that he himself caught Shahid Afridi doing that.

But the controversy was downplayed after the third party settled the issues with both players. Akhtar also said that in 2010 he had also advised left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir to keep away from questionable characters in England.

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