Pak to probe team~~s poor show in NZ
Published: Sunday, April 8, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
One-day series against NZ fixed: Miandad
Karachi: Pakistan ordered an inquiry on Sunday into the cricket team's dismal performance on the recent tour of New Zealand but said it would not probe match-fixing allegations, officials said. "The inquiry will be about players' attitude, their injury problems and below performance during the One-day series in New Zealand," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia told AFP. He said the inquiry would not investigate claims by former coach Javed Miandad that Pakistan's 3-2 defeat in the One-day series was fixed after Miandad apparently withdrew his allegation. Pakistan also lost the three-Test series to New Zealand last month. "The inquiry will not be about match-fixing as Miandad has denied saying anything on match-fixing. He has told us that he has demanded a normal inquiry and not any match-fixing inquiry," Zia said. Miandad on Saturday alleged Pakistan's loss in the One-day series was fixed and demanded the PCB to launch an inquiry. "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 said. He was not available for comment on Sunday. New Zealand cricket operations manager John Reid called Miandad's allegations a "kick in the guts" for the game. Pakistan's tour was marred by rifts between senior players and Miandad. Key players Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Anwar, Abdur Razzak and Azhar Mahmood returned home after the One-day series with injury problems. PCB chairman confirmed that Miandad was no longer a coach but said he had been given the new post of advisor. "We have given him a break (from the job of coach) but we have not sacked him," he said. The Pakistan team is currently without a coach during the on-going Sharjah Cup also involving Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Zia also said he had appointed police inspector general Israr Ahmed as co-ordinator to work with the International Cricket Council anti-corruption unit, headed by Sir Paul Condon, former head of London's Metropolitan police force. "Ahmed is an experienced person and will liase with Sir Paul Condon, ICC anti corruption head, and will advise us on match-fixing issues," he said. He said the government would soon order an inquiry into allegations that two of Pakistan's matches in the 1999 World Cup were fixed. "We had requested the government to initiate a judicial inquiry into allegations and expect an announcement soon."