Pak 'fix' probe panel summons Akram

Published: Sunday, October 14, 2001, 1:21 [IST]
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Lahore: Pakistan's Judicial Commission probing allegations of match-fixing in the 1999 World Cup has summoned captain Waqar Younis and several former captains and players to help with the inquiry, court sources said on Saturday.
 Those summoned included Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Saeed Anwar and Inzamamul Haq, court registrar Kazim Ali Malik told AFP. "Akram, Younis, Haq, Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq and former Pakistan coach Mushtaq Mohammad have been summoned for the next hearing scheduled for October 20," he said. The one-man Commission of Lahore High Court Justice Karamat Bhandari was appointed in May this year to probe whether the Pakistan team threw two of its matches in the 1999 World Cup in England. Akram was captain and Mohammad coach for the team that finished runners-up to Australia in the tournament. Pakistan's surprise defeats against Bangladesh by 62 runs in the first round and against India in the Super Six stage prompted allegations the matches were fixed. On Saturday, the Commission cross-examined former Pakistan captains Majid Khan and Javed Miandad and officials Khalid Mahmood, Dr Zafar Altaf and Riaz Sami at its fourth hearing. Mahmood was Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman in 1999, Altaf was Pakistan team manager and Sami was Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom during the 1999 World Cup. Khan said later he supported allegations that Pakistan's games were fixed. "I was in England as chief executive of the PCB and there were rumours that Pakistan's match against Bangladesh was fixed because odds were against Bangladesh," Khan told AFP. Khan passed the information on to South African cricket official Dr Ali Bacher who made it public in June last year. Khan added that the Pakistani newspaper 'The News' had written a piece saying that Pakistan's match against Bangladesh would be fixed. He said videos of the match against India showed that Pakistan's top order deliberately slowed down the run rate. "Experts were baffled over the way Pakistan's top order batsmen batted," Khan said. "Even in the final, Pakistan batted first after winning the toss which was dubious because there was rain overnight and pitch was covered," he said. In a commission hearing last month, former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz also backed allegations that Pakistan's defeats were due to rigging. After another match-fixing inquiry headed by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyam between September 1998 and October 1999, former captain Salim Malik and pacer Ataur Rehman were banned for life. Akram, Younis, Anwar, Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Akram Raza were fined.

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