Thatscricket - News - Pak bids to clear fix slur, coax Aussies to tour
Published: Friday, June 21, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan cricket chiefs said on Friday they will try to clear star players of match-fixing slurs and talk Australia into touring the bomb-hit nation during a trip to London for next week's International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials will take with them an official report into alleged match-fixing during the 1999 World Cup. "The ICC had directed us to produce the match-fixing report of World Cup 1999 and I am carrying that comprehensive report to present during the ICC meeting in London," PCB director Brigadier Munawar Rana told reporters."I can't tell you the contents of the report but we have conducted a comprehensive inquiry on past incidents and hopefully this will bury all match-fixing controversy in Pakistan cricket," said Rana.The results of the report have not been made public but local media reported in March that PCB chairman lieutenant general Tauqir Zia said all players had been cleared.Rana also said he would hold talks with Australian officials on the sidelines of the ICC meeting on upcoming tours which have been put in serious doubt by recent bomb blasts that have left scores dead.Top Australian stars have said they will refuse to tour Pakistan after a fatal bomb attack during New Zealand's visit last month and the PCB's case has not been helped by a further blast just a week ago."I would be meeting Australian officials on Sunday and would do my best to convince them to tour Pakistan," said Rana. Australia is due to play a One-day tri-series also involving New Zealand in Pakistan in August-September and then three Test matches in October. "Pakistan would want ICC to be proactive and help countries like Pakistan where cricket has suffered due to international events," said Rana. "We have several options available and would discuss them in a friendly manner and would come out with a solution acceptable to both the countries."The match-fixing probe was ordered after Pakistan's defeats to Bangladesh and India during the World Cup in England were widely alleged to be fixed. More than 20 former players, officials and journalists gave evidence to the inquiry.Former captain Salim Mallik and pacer Ataur Rehman were banned for life and captain Waqar Younis and players Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Akram Raza were fined after Pakistan's first match-fixing inquiry two years ago.The ICC meeting will be held in London from June 27 to 29.
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