PCB suspects 2 Pakistani players of match-fixing
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.cricket Updated: Feb 26, 2010 19:45 IST
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.