The ICC will consider new corruption investigations into Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz in light of the spot fixing trial in London.
Alan Peacock, an ACSU senior investigator, is liaising with Scotland Yard officers to gather all the files from their investigation and the criminal trial.
They will be reviewed by anti-corruption chiefs to see whether any new evidence has come to light which warrants a formal inquiry into Akmal, Riaz and other players allegedly linked to the racket.
However The Cricketer can reveal that potentially critical files were lost after police failed to search the offices of Mazhar Majeed, the agent at the centre of the conspiracy.
The court heard that Majeed fobbed off police officers when they arrested him by claiming he did not have the keys to his office in Croydon, south London, because it was being renovated. Majeed then secretly organized for confidential files to be removed from the office and destroyed, it is believed, including a filing cabinet of accounts and documents marked “Pakistan team”. The material could have been crucial in following the money trial of the fixing racket.
Majeed told an undercover journalist there were seven players he “controlled” – Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Kamran and Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz and Imran Farhat.
The prosecution at the spot-fixing trial said that Kamran Akmal had “led a charmed life” and added that he and bowler Riaz had “deeply, deeply suspicious” links to the alleged corruption racket.
Akmal’s name was mentioned on almost every day at the trial as one of the cricketers closest to Majeed and Butt. Majeed named him several times to the journalist conducting the sting by posing as a corrupt Indian businessman.
At one meeting the agent said: “The three boys who are very very clever at this are Salman, Kamran and Asif.”
On another occasion, when discussing a fixed maiden over, he added: “If you want I’ll even call Kamran Akmal and tell him to do something as well. “
The wicketkeeper became the focus of rumour and an investigation after Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia in 2009/10.
At the New Year Test in Sydney, Pakistan lost from a commanding position. Akmal dropped Michael Hussey three times off the bowling of Danish Kaneria, and also missed a straightforward run-out opportunity. As a result, Hussey and Peter Siddle added an unlikely 123 for the ninth wicket in Australia’s second innings. Pakistan then collapsed to 139 all out, chasing 176 to win.
Majeed told the undercover journalist: “That one we made $1.3 million”.
An ICC investigation claimed that it was a “dysfunctional” Pakistan tour, but found no evidence of any “financial fix”.
Ironically, after the Australia tour, Majeed was texted by an unidentified friend saying: “Pls be careful if you are dealing with any financial matter with Kami. I am sure you are aware he and one other player is very much into match fixing allegations”.
Akmal has not played a Test since Lord’s last year and was dropped from one day squads recently, then had his central contract terminated.
However his brother Umar Akmal, Riaz and Farhat are all still part of the Pakistan squad.
After the News of the World expose, which included a photograph of Butt and Akmal driving Majeed’s Aston Martin convertible, police took the decision to narrow their investigation to solely prove the case of the no balls being bowled at Lord’s, a source said. Although Akmal was questioned, he was not deemed part of that conspiracy.
Riaz, meanwhile, was pictured wearing Majeed’s jacket, which had a £10,000 bung in an inside pocket relating to a failed attempt to fix the Oval Test match. Again he was questioned but not charged.
In his closing speech, Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, said: “The role of Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz raises deep, deep suspicions.” But the prosecution could not have presented a case “beyond reasonable doubt”, as is required to prove them guilty in court, he added.
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