Court summons Miandad on ~~fix~~ issue

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: A Pakistani court has summoned former cricket coach Javed Miandad to clarify his allegations of match-fixing following his team's poor show in New Zealand, officials said on Wednesday. Lahore High Court Judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum also summoned Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia to appear at a hearing on April 25, they said. Qayyum, who led an inquiry into match-fixing in 1999, which led to life bans against two top players, took the action on a petition filed by advocate Aftab Bajwa demanding a probe into Miandad's allegations. "Miandad's allegations must be inquired into and if he proves them, action should be taken against the players involved," Bajwa said in his petition. "And if Miandad fails to substantiate his claims a case should be filed against him." Miandad, who was sacked as coach after the New Zealand tour, last week accused the team of deliberately losing the One-day series in February and demanded an inquiry. "Enough is enough. I was silent for the sake of the country but now I demand an inquiry into Pakistan's loss in the One-day series," he said. "Video and audio footage are available to prove the wrongdoings." Pakistan lost the One-day series 3-2 and levelled the three-match Test series 1-1 in New Zealand. Following the Qayyum Commission's report, the PCB banned former captain Salim Malik and pacer Ataur Rehman in May last year. Six other players, including Wasim Akram and current captain Waqar Younis, were also fined. The PCB on Sunday ordered a probe into the team's dismal performance in New Zealand but said it would not investigate Miandad's allegations.

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