PCB to discuss fixing, tampering issues with players

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2002, 0:22 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistani cricket officials said on Wednesday they will raise the issues of ball-tampering, match-fixing and doping with the national side ahead of next year's World Cup in South Africa. "Pakistan has been in the limelight over match-fixing and ball-tampering whereas others are cleared ... we would talk to the players on that," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia told reporters. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was reprimanded by International Cricket Council (ICC) referee Clive Lloyd last month for ball tampering. "Akhtar must have his viewpoint on that, which I am not ready to take. He was found guilty and punished so he must have done that," PCB chairman said. Pakistan has been dogged by allegations of match-fixing, with its finish as runner- up in the 1999 World Cup in England marred by allegations it was a rigged result. Pakistan banned former captain Salim Mallik and pace bowler Ata-ur-Rehman for life in 2000 after a match-fixing inquiry, while Pakistan's surprise loss to outsiders Bangladesh and India in the 1999 Cup were widely seen as the results of fixing. Nobody was convicted of offences relating to the allegations. "Obviously the World Cup is a high-profile event and we need to talk to the players and besides fixing and tampering, we have also done a lot of work (talking about) doping as well," Zia said. The ICC is set to introduce dope testing of players for the first time in international cricket during next year's World Cup.

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