PCB dismisses match-fixing scandal

Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, 14:53 [IST]
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PCB denies match-fixing allegations

Lahore, May 21: The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) chairman Ejaz Butt has dismissed reports of possible match-fixing being involved during Pakistan's tour of Australia during which Pakistan lost all the matches.

The ICC has been inquiring on the matter, particularly after the video tape was leaked in local media in Pakistan which showed there was complete distrust between some of the players and former players disscussing on possible match-fixing involved amongst several players in the series then.

Butt said the PCB had conducted its own inquiry on the team's performance in Australia and had already penalised players for their poor showing.
Pakistan lost every match on tour - three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 contest.

"The Australian tour chapter is now closed and we have finished our inquiry. We have found no evidence of any match-fixing during the tour," Butt told reporters after returning from London.

Butt denied that the ICC was conducting its own independent inquiry into the matter raising questions to Intikhab and former Pakistan bowling coach Aaqib Javed's statement before the PCB inquiry committee, where they raised suspicions about the performances of two players -- wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and Rana

Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of PCB who was a member of the inquiry committee, also said that so far they have found no evidence of match-fixing.

"We penalized the players according to our terms of reference. The ICC has its own anti-corruption and security unit to look into such matters and if there was anything wrong they would have contacted us,"
Rizvi said.

The PCB had banned several players for their poor show in the series on recommendation of the inquiry committee. The PCB had banned seven players including former captains Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik.


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