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    Akmal, Rana Naved under fixing scanner

    The players reacted strongly to reports that they were under investigation.

    Karachi: Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and pacer Rana Naved are the two players allegedly under investigation by the Pakistan Cricket Board for their involvement in match-fixing.

    Voice of America quoting a highly placed source in the board reported on Saturday that both the players were dropped for the T20 international series against England in Dubai this month for this very reason.

    "Although both have been named in the 30 probables for the T20 World Cup but they will eventually not be selected in the final 15," the source said.

    According to the source, the PCB acted after the International Cricket Council provided them with information that linked the two players to match-fixing.

    Akmal and Rana Naved, however, reacted strongly to reports that they were under investigation for their involvement in match-fixing.

    Both the players denied they had any links with bookmakers or were involved in match-fixing.

    "I will be consulting the board and my lawyer to decide what action to take against the VOA for making these false allegations," Akmal said.

    He said he had always played his cricket cleanly and for the team and was shocked by the allegations against him.

    "I am definitely going to take this matter further," he said.

    PCB chairman Ejaz Butt had stopped short of naming the two players on Friday at a press conference.

    After first saying that two Pakistani players were under investigation for match-fixing he later retracted his statement saying he was talking about an old case.

    Butt created further confusion when he said that the board was provided such information by the ICC that the PCB was forced to take action against the players.

    He refused to divulge any names claiming it was a confidential matter between the board and ICC.

    Kamran's performance on the recent Australian tour has been under intense scrutiny after he dropped three catches and missed a big run out in the match that Pakistan eventually lost by just 32 runs.

    Sources have told PTI that even Abdul Raquib who went as manager on the Australian tour had told the inquiry committee of the board about his apprehensions about Kamran's performances.