Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Pakistan's World Cup fixing probe starts
Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2001, 18:53 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Multan (Pakistan): Pakistan on Thursday appointed a one-man judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in two World Cup 1999 cricket matches, an official said."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 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-run loss against minnows Bangladesh at Northampton was seen as suspicious as the odds were heavily against Bangladesh's win.Pakistan's loss against arch rivals India was also alleged to be fixed.The then Pakistan captain Wasim Akram had denied allegations and Pakistan's Accountability Bureau cleared the team saying it had investigated the matter through its own sources.The PCB has also formed a three-member review panel in July this year to keep a close watch on match-fixing.