Hearing in Miandad~~s ~~fix~~ claims delayed

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: A Pakistani court on Wednesday postponed a hearing into match-fixing allegations by former national cricket coach Javed Miandad against his team, court officials said. The indefinite postponement was announced because Lahore High Court judge Malik Mohammed Qayyum had gone on sick leave, they said. "Justice Qayyum is on leave due to illness so the case could not be taken up and a new date will be announced later," a court official said. Miandad was summoned by the court to clarify match-fixing allegations he levelled against the Pakistan team this month after he was dumped as coach on his return from the New Zealand tour. Pakistan lost the One-day series 3-2 and tied the three-match Test series 1-1 in New Zealand. Commenting on the team's dismal performance, Miandad told reporters that the One-day matches against New Zealand were fixed. Later he denied having levelled any allegations. In a petition, lawyer Aftab Bajwa demanded a probe into Miandad's allegations. "If the players are guilty they should be punished and if Miandad's allegations are not true a case should be filed against Miandad," the petition said. Justice Qayyum conducted a judicial inquiry into match fixing allegations in Pakistan cricket between September 1998 to October 1999. Pakistan Cricket Board, implementing Qayyum's recommendations, banned former captain Salim Malik and pacer Ataur Rehman and punished six other players, including Wasim Akram and current captain Waqar Younis. However Qayyum, who also convicted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a corruption case in 1999, is currently under pressure to resign following a recent Supreme Court judgement that his verdict was politically motivated.

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