Englands WC T20 triumph under scanner

Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 12:40 [IST]
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Englands WC T20 triumph under scanner

Team England"s triumph in the World T20 earlier this year in the Caribbean, which was one of the highly ranked performances in the history of England cricket, is now the latest event to come under the match-fixing microscope.

Sun Sport has learned that the ICC is investigating the Pakistan squad that played in the event in the Caribbean in April and May.

Two Pakistan players were ordered to hand over phone records from the tournament. According to the Telegraph sports Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal have been told to provide the mobile phone numbers they used and records of calls made during the tournament in May by the International Cricket Council"s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.

The players were notified for the same through a letter sent at the end of last month"s Oval Test against England, a week before the the News of the World came up with spot-fixing allegations and videos.

It is thought the same letter also demanded similar details for the period spanning the Asia Cup, a one-day tournament in Sri Lanka in June.

England beat Pakistan by six wickets in the Super Eights stage on May 6 and went on to win a global trophy for the first time in more than 30 years of trying.

England coach Andy Flower was reported to be very furious about the news on Thursday as England's fine display of cricket in the past few months have been "overshadowed" by the scam.

He also accused the ECB of damaging attendances by jam-packing the schedule with too many matches.

The Sun quoted Flower, as saying: "There's a bit of a gloomy atmosphere and, with the sullying of cricket's name and reputation, that''s understandable. It''s a pity because we are playing some outstanding cricket. We''ve won two games comfortably and for the skills of the bowlers to be completely overshadowed is sad."

England has won seven T20 matches on the trot - a world record - but the milestone was met with indifference in Wales.

Flower added: "It was a strange atmosphere. To have two T20 games in 48 hours at the same venue at this stage of the season might have been an error."


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