The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a legal notice to former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur, telling him to respond in a week about his recent claims that an ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in 2007 had "a strong suspicion of match-fixing" around it.
The PCB had issued a statement on Friday, Nov 5th, expressing concern over Arthur's claims and indicated that it would take legal action unless Arthur came up with proof to back his comments. Arthur has since said his words were taken out of context, but the same claims are set to be made in his upcoming autobiography.
In the legal notice, a copy of which has been provided to ESPNcricinfo, the PCB finds it "extremely startling" that Arthur has said this more than three years after the match. "They (the PCB) have reason to believe that such scandalizing statements have been made by you inter alia to "sell" your biography." The notice concludes that without any evidence, the claims and allegations are "whimsical, frivolous, defamatory, disparaging, libelous, slanderous and derogatory."
Arthur has been directed to "unconditionally and publicly retract" the statement and offer an "unqualified and unconditional apology" for the accusations. More importantly, as far as the publication of the book goes, the PCB has demanded a written remark that no such statements will be made publicly again.
The board has additionally demanded Arthur put forward a proposal for paying them a "substantial sum" in damages. Arthur now has exactly a week from the receipt of this legal notice to respond. A copy of the same has been sent to Cricket South Africa and the ICC.