PCB wants a neutral body to probe match-fixing

Published: Thursday, June 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to impress upon the International Cricket Council (ICC) to appoint a neutral body of experts for taking quick decisions on match-fixing allegations made by former players or officials.

A PCB spokesman said it wanted to seriously push forward this issue at the ICC meeting in London later this month as it felt a lot of damage was being caused to players and the image of the sport because of unsubstantiated but serious match-fixing allegations.

"We are going to raise this issue at the executive board meeting and we are going to speak forcefully on it," he was quoted as saying in local daily The News.

The PCB had raised the issue with ICC earlier during the Indo-Pak series after former captain Rashid Latif had alleged that the fourth One-dayer at Lahore could have been fixed.

However, the ICC said it did not have the jurisdiction to stop former players or officials from making such allegations.

The spokesman said the Board would push the ICC members to appoint a neutral body of experts who should have the authority to talk to any player or official making a match-fixing allegation.

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