Pakistan completes World Cup fixing report
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: A Pakistan inquiry into alleged match fixing at the 1999 World Cup has been completed and the report sent to the sports ministry for further action, a court official said on Thursday. The investigation centered on Pakistan's two defeats against India and outsiders Bangladesh at the World Cup in England after South African official Dr Ali Bacher alleged the matches were rigged. Twenty former players, officials and journalists gave evidence before the one-man commission of Lahore High Court Judge Karamat Nazir Bhandari, court registrar Kazim Ali Malik said. Bacher said in May 2001 that information about match-fixing in the two matches had been passed to him by former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Majid Khan. Khan repeated the allegations before the commission, but efforts to have Bacher provide evidence went unanswered. "We even wrote to the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) but no one responded," Malik said. Former Test player Sarfraz Nawaz told the commission Pakistan threw games in the World Cup. But World Cup captain Wasim Akram, current captain Waqar Younis and other players including Moin Khan, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul Haq denied the allegations. In the World Cup, Pakistan suffered a surprise 62-run loss to cricket minnows Bangladesh and 47-run defeat against archrivals India. In a previous match-fixing inquiry in Pakistan between September 1998 and October 1999, former captain Salim Malik and fast bowler Ataur Rehman were banned for life. Six other players including Akram and Younis were fined.