Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has dismissed speculations that the PCB was on a war path with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other cricket boards, and defended the PCB's decision of not suspending the three Pakistani cricketers implicated in spot-fixing scandal.
“We have our reservations over our decision to suspend the players without proof," The News quoted Butt, as saying.
“But we have cooperated with the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. And as a board we have a responsibility to ensure that no one keeps on making unsubstantiated allegations against our players," he added.
Butt also said the PCB did not suspend the tainted trio, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, for their alleged involvement in 'spot-fixing", as such a move would have sent a wrong message to the cricket world.
“We didn"t take action against them and let the ICC follow its course of action. We didn"t want to send out a message to the world that we believed our players were tainted. The world would have believed that the trio was indeed guilty of spot fixing," he noted.