A new match-fixing controversy has surfaced in Karachi with the release of an audio tape in which two Pakistan Cricket Board officials are allegedly talking about games being fixed in the rebel Indian Cricket League.
The audio tape was sent to several media representatives from an unknown e-mail address and was also uploaded on the youtube website.
The tape has a member of the national selection committee Mohammad Illyas telling PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf about how matches were fixed in the ICL.
He is apparently referring to the first edition of the ICL, a league in which his son-in-law Imran Farhat also took part.
Illyas, a former Test player, tells how several Pakistani players fixed matches and also how a discarded Test batsman used to go out to bat drunk in the unauthorised league which has now dwindled out.
Incidentally, the audio tape has nothing much coming from Altaf who is heard saying mostly “yes, yes, okay, okay”.
Illyas, when contacted, flatly denied that it was his voice on the tape.
“The voice has been doctored. Someone is trying to damage Pakistan cricket and why would I say something to jeopardise the career of my son-in-law,” Illyas said.