Fix allegations a kick in the guts: Reid
Published: Sunday, April 8, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
One-day series against NZ fixed: Miandad
Wellington: Allegations from dumped Pakistani cricket coach Javed Miandad that his team was guilty of match-fixing on the recent tour of New Zealand has been described as a "kick in the guts" for the game. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) operations manager John Reid said he was sickened to learn of Miandad's assertions that Pakistan fixed the outcome of last month's five-match One-day series, which New Zealand won 3-2 after trailing 1-2. "It's just like a kick in the guts for the game," Reid said. New Zealand also recovered after losing the first Test in Auckland to level the series by winning the third Test by a record margin in Hamilton. Miandad, whose short coaching reign ended last Tuesday when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) relieved him of his duties, turned on his players. "Enough is enough. I was silent just for the country's sake but now I must come out in open. We have video and audio footage that can prove we lost to New Zealand due to match-fixing," Miandad told AFP in Karachi. "Match-fixing should be eliminated from Pakistan and PCB should launch another inquiry so that facts can be ascertained." Pakistan lost the final One-day match against New Zealand after scoring an imposing 285. "Our batsmen were getting out one after the other in a suspicious manner in the second match and bowlers with over 300-match experience bowled wayward in the final match," Miandad alleged, without naming anyone. Reid said the allegations had to be followed up. He said that Sir Paul Condon, the head of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit, had to have direct input to any investigation launched into Miandad's claims. "We want to ensure Pakistan do something about this allegation and that it's just not left, that something is put in place to prove or disprove it," he said. "We are happy to help any such inquiry, by making available players, match officials and video footage of games. "It's hard how we can directly help such an inquiry. There's not been a suggestion before this of anyone suspecting something. "There is no suggestion any of our players have been involved in anyway." Pakistan cricket has been haunted by match-fixing allegations for the last six years. A judicial inquiry conducted by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum banned former captain Salim Malik for life last May.