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'ICC will never tolerate corruption': Pawar

Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 16:23 [IST]
 
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Pawar meets PCB chairman Butt

ICC President Sharad Pawar on Thursday met PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in New Delhi to discuss allegations that Pakistan players were paid to bowl deliberate no-balls during a match in England.

Pawar vowed that the regulatory body would "maintain the sanctity" of the game amid Pakistan's spot-fixing betting scandal.

"We will never tolerate any nonsense or corruption in the game of cricket. We want to maintain the sanctity of cricket," Pawar, who is also India's agriculture minister, told reporters after the 90-minute talks.

Pakistan players Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have all written to the ICC saying they will defend themselves over disciplinary action brought against them, their lawyers confirmed this week.

The PCB said that Pakistan players will not play till the probe by British police is completed and also sought resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties.

"The matter is under investigation. Until that investigation is completed, we cannot comment on it," he said. "The ICC has suspended the players. Unless the suspension is removed, they cannot play," Butt said.

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