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Qadir suspects match-fixers in Pakistan team
PTI
Karachi, August 04, 2009
First Published: 12:36 IST(4/8/2009)
Last Updated: 12:39 IST(4/8/2009)

The ghost of match-fixing has come back to haunt Pakistan cricket, feels former chief selector Abdul Qadir, who suspects that some players might be involved in it considering the "strange" manner in which the team lost the Test and ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan lost the Test series 0-2 and is trailing 0-3 in the five-match one-day series. Qadir, one of the greatest leg-spinners of his era told the 'Express' newspaper on Tuesday that he suspected something fishy in the way team has lost.

"Look I don't buy the fact that the very team that just five weeks ago won the Twenty20 World Cup is performing so badly that it is virtually losing every match in Sri Lanka. This has been one of our worst tours to Sri Lanka," Qadir said.

"After following this series I suspect some players could be involved in match fixing and if a high level inquiry committee is formed everything will become crystal clear," he added.

He said cricket had not become so unpredictable that a team that won the World Cup would perform so poorly.


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