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Ijaz pleads innocence, vows to fight till end in forgery case

Former Pakistan Test cricketer and current fielding coach of the national team, Ijaz Ahmed who is under arrest in a forgery case has pleaded his innocence and vowed to fight till the end to get his name cleared.

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2009 18:38 IST

Former Pakistan Test cricketer and current fielding coach of the national team, Ijaz Ahmed who is under arrest in a forgery case has pleaded his innocence and vowed to fight till the end to get his name cleared.

The cricketer, who was rushed to hospital in critical condition on Friday after spending one night at the Gulberg Liberty police station, is accused of issuing fraud cheques of the value of Rs 10.5 million to two property dealers.

Ijaz said that the cheques were not fraud and the whole issue was over a property dispute with his rivals.

"I have done nothing wrong. I am innocent. And I will fight this case till the end to clear my name," said Ijaz, who is undergoing treatment at Services hospital in Lahore.

Sources close to the cricketer said he had heaved a sigh of relief yesterday after receiving a call from the Prime Minister's house inquiring about his health.

The former player was shifted to the hospital from the police lock up as he was vomiting blood and suffered an acute asthma attack. His lawyer Kashif Javed, however, had claimed that police mentally tortured the cricketer.

Former Pakistan players including skipper Wasim Akram, Salim Malik visited Ijaz to inquire about condition of his health.