Butt denies making allegations against Eng players

Published: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 15:42 [IST]
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Butt denies making allegations

Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has denied making any allegations against English Cricketers.

Butt, who returned from London on Wednesday night, said his comments that there are strong rumours about English players taking money to lose matches were only meant to highlight the fluid state of affairs in international cricket.

"I am happy to correct the misunderstanding that I, or anyone at the PCB had made any allegations about members of the England cricket team. The point which I have sought to make from the beginning was that the world of cricket is reeling from a storm of allegations and rumors, and these must be addressed," Butt said in a statement according to PTI report.

Earlier, Media reports suggested that Butt had alleged that some of the England Cricketers had taken enormous money to throw away the third one-day international at the Oval.

Following the allegations against the English players, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Professional Cricketers" Association (PCA) had sent a letter to the PCB demanding a 'full and unreserved apology" from PCB Chairman.

"Many of these recent allegations have concerned the Pakistan cricket team, and these must and will be properly investigated. But, and this was my point, the problem, and the rumors, are not confined to any single country," he added.

Butt said the PCB was fully cooperating with the ongoing spot-fixing investigations against three suspended Pakistani players -- Test skipper Salman Butt and pacer Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.

"Those of us who care about the state of cricket in the world today will not flinch from a thorough, uncompromising investigation of any such allegations and rumors, whether they concern Pakistan or any other cricketing nation, and we at the PCB will give any such investigation our fullest cooperation and support," Butt said.

Butt also made it clear that he or anyone at the PCB have no specific evidence of any wrongdoing by cricketers from England.

"Our priority and our responsibility must be the actions of the Pakistan Team. These are quite properly subject now to an investigation by both Scotland Yard and the ICC. I am very glad that we have been able to resolve this misunderstanding with our friends in English cricket. .

"We have all agreed to put this behind us now, and to concentrate on working together for the good of the game. (ECB chairman) Mr Giles Clarke has confirmed that he continues in his role as the ICC Pakistan Task Team Chairman," the statement said.


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