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PCB suspects 2 Pakistani players of match-fixing

cricket Updated: Feb 26, 2010 19:45 IST

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Pakistan Cricket Board today said it suspects two national team players of being involved in match-fixing in Australia even though it did not disclose their identity.

At a time when the local media is abuzz claiming wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal is under the scanner for his conspicuously shoddy performance during the Australia tour, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt confirmed a couple of players are suspected of fixing matches.

"It would be foolish to say no match-fixing takes place," Butt told at a press conference in Lahore.

"But the fact is it is very difficult to prove this. So I am not going to take any names right now," Butt said.

"We are waiting for a report from the inquiry committee we have set up to probe into the team's poor performances in Australia," he said.

"Once the inquiry committee gives its report I will comment further on this issue," the PCB chief added.

Butt's admission came on the same day that a section of the media reported that Kamran Akmal was being investigated for his alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Akmal was, however, named in a 30-member preliminary squad announced for the Twenty20 World Cup in April-May.

The media has reported that Akmal came under the scanner after he dropped three crucial catches and missed a clear run out chance in the second Test against Australia in Sydney during the Australia tour.