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PCB denies allegations

cricket Updated: May 22, 2010 02:22 IST
Bivabasu Kumar
Bivabasu Kumar
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday quashed match-fixing allegations raised after a leaked video of the board’s inquiry committee hearing after Pakistan’s tour of Australia. The footage leaked on Thursday showed former Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam and Aqib Javed alleging wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal had under-performed in the Sydney Test match.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, who returned from England on Friday, played down the issue saying, “The inquiry committee was set up to hear everyone after the tour of Australia. Somebody making an allegation is not the whole truth. We found no evidence of match-fixing. We are following a process and according to that we have already punished some of the players, which we announced earlier.”

“According to our constitution there’s a retired High Court judge (Irfan Qadir) who is now looking into the inquiry committee report in detail. He has been given all the information that is available and he can summon any player if he wants. Qadir will prepare his own report which he will pass on to the board of governors and once they give their opinion, whatever action is necessary will be taken,” Butt said. He, however, confirmed the PCB was not mulling action against anyone at present. “The match-fixing allegations don’t bar Kamran Akmal from the England tour. We are meeting on May 25 for the Asia Cup and England tour and even Shahid Afridi is a part of it,” Butt said.

“To make it a fair trial, the video and audio recordings were given to some of the players and their legal representatives. It was a highly confidential recording and all this was done while I was in the Caribbean. I wouldn’t have allowed it had I been here.”

Akmal denies charges

Karachi (PTI adds): Kamran Akmal vehemently denied his involvement in match fixing during the national team's recent tour of Australia and said he was not bothered about such allegations as had always played clean for the country.