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'Pak-WI game under scanner'

Unusually slow run-rates during certain overs followed by bursts of high scoring during the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies has set alarm bells ringing in the ICC.

cricket Updated: Jul 29, 2013 03:49 IST

British tabloid Daily Mail has claimed in a report that suspicious betting patterns were identified during the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies, while unusually slow run-rates during certain overs followed by bursts of high scoring which had set alarm bells ringing in the International Cricket Council.

The report stated that "concerns were raised, in particular, around the tied third match of the series played in St Lucia a week ago on Friday, as well as the final game, which resulted in a last-ball win for Pakistan."

The second ODI, which saw Pakistan fail to score a run off the bat in the first five overs after being set 233 to win, will also be scrutinised by officers of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the report said.

Big sums of money
According to the report, one betting website reported "unusually large sums of money being wagered between innings on a tied result during the third ODI after the West Indies were set 230 to win from 50 overs."

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Pakistan's former captain, Rashid Latif had also warned the ICC in advance about the menace of spot fixing, the report added.

PCB in touch with ICC
Meanwhile, PCB's caretaker chairman, Najam Sethi said that the board has communicated with the ICC on the issue. "We are in touch with the ICC on this matter and we have told them we need to clarify the situation."