England have 'no grudges' against Pakistan: Trott
England batsman Jonathan Trott insisted on Sunday his side bore "no grudges" against Pakistan despite the 'spot-fixing' row engulfing the tourists and his own very public bust-up with Kamran Akmal.cricket Updated: Sep 13, 2010 02:33 IST
England batsman Jonathan Trott insisted on Sunday his side bore "no grudges" against Pakistan despite the 'spot-fixing' row engulfing the tourists and his own very public bust-up with Kamran Akmal.
Trott made 69 as England beat Pakistan by 24 runs to win the first one-day international at Chester-le-Street on Saturday but in the same match exchanged angry words with Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Akmal.
His innings came on the same day as three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif returned home after being suspended by the International Cricket Council following allegations they all conspired to deliberately bowl no-balls in last month's fourth Test at Lord's.
Even before the trio were suspended, England had made it clear they would be unhappy to play against them in this month's five-match one-day series.
The three banned players have all been interviewed by British police and seamer Wahab Riaz, still in the one-day squad, also faces similar questioning.
Meanwhile, the allegations have also re-ignited the controversy surrounding the Sydney Test in January where Akmal dropped several catches and missed a run-out as Australia came from behind to complete an extraordinary victory over Pakistan.
At Chester-le-Street the umpires had to intervene to cool tempers but Trott was adamant his spat with Akmal was not part of a deliberate attempt to 'wind-up' Pakistan.
"It was just a few things that go on the field," Trott, speaking to reporters at England's hotel here today, explained.
"I said a few words, and he was saying a few - and the umpires got in the middle of it, and made a mountain out of a molehill really," he added ahead of the second one-day international at Headingley here on Monday.