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November 12, 2011
Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, has said he is in favour of having the PCB check the assets and bank accounts of all of its players every six months to ensure that the players are clean.
"I would support any move by the PCB to regularly check player assets and accounts," Akmal told Reuters. "I say it should be a six month exercise. Only such an exercise can clean up our image and end these baseless allegations made against us all the time."
Earlier this month, three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - were given jail sentences after they were found found guilty of conspiring to bowl pre-determined no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in August 2010. Following the spot-fixing trial, the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit said they were considering new investigations based on information that came out during the trial.
"I would welcome any move by the ICC to have a fresh inquiry based on evidence allegedly given in the spot-fixing trial in London," Akmal said. "I am ready to make myself available to any investigation. Because I want this stigma to go away for ever.
"The ICC and PCB cleared me to play for Pakistan but yet the media keeps on mentioning my name in relation to spot-fixing stories."
Akmal has had a controversial time behind the stumps for Pakistan over the course of his career and has been criticised for his shoddy wicketkeeping. He was dropped after the 2011 World Cup semi-final in which Pakistan lost to India, and his place was taken by his youngest brother, Adnan Akmal. He subsequently lost his central contract for the second half of 2011 as well, but said he is determined to prove his worth in domestic cricket and make a comeback.
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