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Thatscricket - News - Miandad denies match-fixing statement against players

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2001, 21:36 [IST]
 
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Lahore: Pakistan's former cricket coach, Javed Miandad, told a court on Tuesday that he had not accused his players of match-fixing during a tour of New Zealand.Appearing before the Lahore High Court, Miandad said newspaper articles quoting him saying his players had fixed matches during the tour earlier this year were wrong, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported."The situation was created due to misreporting of his statement," APP quoted him as telling the court.The court accepted a request from his counsel, Asghar Haider, to summon the reporters to clarify the situation at a date to be fixed, it said.Miandad supposedly made the match-fixing allegations following his side's New Zealand tour in April. Pakistan lost the One-day series 3-2 and tied the three-match Test series 1-1.Miandad, commenting on the team's dismal performance, told reporters representing local newspapers and foreign news agencies that the One-day matches against New Zealand were fixed. Later he denied having levelled any allegations.The man who sparked the court hearing by lodging a petition demanding a probe, Muhammad Mushtaq, alleged through his lawyer, Aftab Bajwa, in a submission to court that Miandad made the allegations after he was sacked by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Mushtaq claimed that Miandad had made similar comments previously.Mustaq said the players should be punished if they were guilty and if his allegations were not true a case should be filed against the former coach"It is a matter of honour, prestige and dignity of the country," Mushtaq said.The court, headed by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyam, will resume hearing the case on June 20.Justice Qayyam conducted a judicial inquiry into match-fixing allegations in Pakistan cricket between September 1998 and October 1999.The PCB, implementing Qayyam's recommendations, banned former captain Salim Malik and pacer Ataur Rehman and punished six other players, including Wasim Akram and current captain Waqar Younis.

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