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Published: Thursday, August 30, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Multan: Pakistan appointed a one-man Judicial Commission to probe alleged rigging in two World Cup 1999 matches, official said Thursday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"The official notification has been issued on Thursday and the inquiry has started," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) media manager Khalid Butt told AFP.Former South African cricket official Dr Ali Bacher has alleged, while testifying before a separate South African inquiry, that Pakistan deliberately threw two matches in the 1999 World Cup held in England."The commission will inquire the match-fixing allegations of the 1999 World Cup and would determine persons, if there are any, and would recommend any action in this respect," a PCB press release said."Justice Karamat Bhandari of the Lahore High Court has been appointed as a one-man commission while Kazim Malik will be registrar of the commission," it said.Pakistan's surprising 62-runs loss against minnows Bangladesh at Northampton was seen as suspicious as the odds were heavily against Bangladesh's win.Pakistan's loss against archrivals India was also alleged to be fixed. The then Pakistan captain Wasim Akram had denied allegations and Pakistan's Accountability Bureau (PAB) cleared the team saying it had investigated the matter through its own sources.The PCB has also formed a three-member review panel to keep a close watch on match-fixing in July this year. Pakistan was pressed to investigate the matter by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) formed last year by the game's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).Pakistan banned former captain Salim Malik and pace bowler Ataur Rehman in May last year after a 12-month Judicial probe found them guilty. Current Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, with teammates Akram, Inzamam-ul Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar and Akram Raza, was fined between Rupees 100,000 ($ 2,122) to Rupees 300,000 ($ 6,366) after the Qayyum inquiry.In the past few years the Cricket world was also rocked by match-fixing malpractices when former South African captain Hansie Cronje admitted to taking money from bookmakers.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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