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Thatscricket - News - PCB forms panel to tackle match-fixing

Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 19:33 [IST]
 
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Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia on Sunday formed a judicial committee to tackle betting, gambling and match-fixing. He also dissolved the board's five member advisory council."A retired high court judge, to be named later, will head the review committee which will tackle betting, gambling and match-fixing," a PCB press release said."PCB's chief investigator Israr Ahmed and Asif Shah will be the members of the review committee."Pakistan cricket has been haunted by match-fixing allegations for the last seven years and an inquiry by a high court judge last year banned former captain Salim Malik and fast bowler Ata-ur-Rehman.Last month Pakistan appointed a high court judge, Karamat Bhandari, to investigate allegations of match-fixing during the 1999 World Cup in England.South African cricket official Ali Bacher last year alleged two of Pakistan's 1999 World Cup matches were fixed.Zia also dissolved a five-member PCB advisory council in a bid to run the game on the lines of the International Cricket Council."The formation of committees is done solely to make people more responsible and answerable for their work," PCB director of operations Brigadier Munawwar Rana told AFP.The Board also formed a management committee led by former coach Javed Miandad to look after domestic cricket, umpiring and rules, he said.A former national captain, Ramiz Raja, will head a development committee, which will deal with infrastructure development and academies. A new selection committee with an honorary chairman and two paid selectors will also be named shortly."The idea to induct two paid selectors is to make selection process more professional," Rana said.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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