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Board officials too involved in fixing

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai: Former Pakistani cricketer Jalal Uddin, who holds the distinction of performing the first hat-trick in One-day cricket, claims that even Board members of major cricket-playing countries were involved in match-fixing.''There is so much money in cricket these days that it is very difficult for members of different Boards not to be part of match-fixing,'' Jalal Uddin, who is here as coach of the Maldivian team participating in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Pepsi Cup tournament, told 'Gulf Today'.He said, ''Newspapers in pakistan have been openly charging former cricket board chief Khalid Mehmood and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif with being involved in fixing matches.''Jalal Uddin, who performed the first One-day hat-trick against Australia in 1982, noted that the CBI in India had been coming up with a lot of findings regarding the alleged involvement of Board officials from India, including former ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya. ''What the CBI has proved without doubt is that almost all countries are involved in match-fixing. What more do we need?''He said the Pakistani Board was investigating certain matches, which Pakistan lost in the last World Cup and the report would be out soon. ''Then we will know to what extent these officials were involved.'' He, however, stated that it was very difficult to weed out match-fixing or to prove anything about it. Meanwhile, another former Pakistani cricketer, Haroon Rahid, who is the coach of the Nepal team participating in the tournament, said India should tour Pakistan to play cricket. ''if these two-nations are prepared to play off-shore cricket, why can't they play in eachother's country,'' he asked.Rashid was of the view that sporting ties between the two countries could improve their bilateral relationship. ''Never in the history of the game has a cricket match between India and Pakistan led to violence,'' he noted while talking to a local daily. UNI

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