Thatscricket - News - Inzamam threatens to sue over new match-fixing allegation
Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2001, 18:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan vice-captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has lashed out at fresh match-fixing allegations and threatened to sue a British newspaper. [an error occurred while processing this directive]The Daily Telegraph reported Friday that Inzamam, former Pakistani captain Wasim Akram and West Indian Brian Lara would be grilled by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC).It said Inzamam's dismissal in a tri-series match against Australia at Cardiff in June this year was suspicious. Inzamam was stumped second ball off Shane Warne when he appeared to lose his cool and danced down the pitch trying to smash the ball over long on."I will take the newspaper to court. Is it a crime to play out of your crease and get stumped?" said Inzamam. "I am not guilty of match-fixing but new allegations have put me under a lot of pressure which could affect my performance in the coming season," he told reporters at a team training camp."Some quarters are trying to taint my image and I will not spare them." He said no one had asked him to appear for questioning, but he was ready to cooperate if needed. "The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not told me about any such thing that the ACU wants to interview me, nor has the ACU contacted me," he said.Inzamam was fined Rupees 100,000 (around $ 1,500) last year for not cooperating with a match-fixing inquiry here in 1998 and 1999. The PCB chairman, Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia, said last week the ACU had interviewed Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi and Rashid Latif during Pakistan's tour of England in May-June, and had also wanted to talk to Inzamam."At that time Inzamam could not appear but the ACU has not approached us now," he said. "We will not allow Inzamam to appear as he is our key player and we want him to score runs in our coming season."Maybe after the season, if the ACU asks us, we would make him available." Pakistan is scheduled to play two Asian Test Championship (ATC) matches and a series against New Zealand at home from later this month.