Rashid Latif pleads a last chance on camera

Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 19:46 [IST]
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Lahore:Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give him a chance to present his case in camera to explain match-fixing allegations made by him about the fourth One-day match between India and Pakistan at Lahore on March 21.

"PCB is coming up with statements to take action against me on match fixing allegations but they should listen to my point of view before taking any decision," he said in a statement issued in Lahore.

The former wicketkeeper batsman said PCB must view the videotape of his interview on a TV channel on the basis of which a false impression has been created that he openly alleged that the match was fixed. "I have my own opinion based on my standing in the game and being a former Pakistan captain, the PCB must give some consideration and importance to what I actually stated in that interview," he said.

Latif's statement came as PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja threatened disciplinary action against the former stumper saying the Board would soon be urging ICC to take strong action against cricketers who made such charges without evidence.

The TV programme in which Latif reportedly made the allegations was banned by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Taking exception to charges that he made allegations whenever he was out of the team, Latif said, "I have never compromised on principles due to which my cricket career has suffered but I always spoke the truth."

"I respect the Pakistan cricket team and players but my point of view regarding allegations of match fixing was presented wrongly," he said.

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