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PCB keen on resuming ties

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt appealed to ICC president Sharad Pawar for the resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties and also assured him that PCB will not ask for leniency for the three suspended Pakistani cricketers if found guilty of spot-fixing.

cricket Updated: Sep 16, 2010 23:48 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt on Thursday appealed to International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar for the resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties and also assured him that PCB will not ask for leniency for the three suspended Pakistani cricketers if found guilty of spot-fixing.

After meeting Pawar, a former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, at his residence here, Butt said India should come and play in Pakistan. “I expressed my desire to Sharad Pawar that India should come and play in Pakistan,” said Butt.

Pawar, union Agriculture Minister, said: “I will be happy if Pakistan get to play more international matches.”

BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan, who was also in the capital, said he did not know anything on the matter. “I was not in the meeting, so I don't know anything about it.”

Butt assured Pawar that the PCB will not interfere in the investigations of the ICC or the Scotland Yard in the spot-fixing scandal, involving three Pakistani cricketers — pacers Mohammed Aamer, Mohammad Asif and captain Salman Butt. All the three cricketers have been suspended provisionally by the ICC.

“The players' issue was discussed. Unless the investigation is complete, we will not comment on the matter. As far as I know, the players cannot play unless their suspension is lifted. We are not upset with the ICC. We won't tolerate any corruption,” Butt said.

Pawar concurred with Butt on zero tolerance to corruption.

“The PCB is a part of the ICC. We will take a collective decision on spot-fixing. If someone has done wrong, he will be punished. We will not tolerate any corruption in cricket. We want to preserve the sanctity of the game,” Pawar said. Pawar also rubbished media reports of Aamer turning an informant to escape punishment.

“The Scotland Yard is in the process of investigation. How can we comment unless the investigation is over?”