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Saeed denies match-fixers met Pak team

cricket Updated: Aug 05, 2009 21:10 IST

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Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has denied reports that Indian bookmakers approached his players in Colombo and rubbished speculation that match-fixing could be behind the team's Test and one-day debacle in Sri Lanka.

Yawar said he was flabbergasted by the statements of some former players who had voiced concerns that some players might have fixed matches and have pointed out to the Colombo incident to prove their point.

"I am very disappointed with these statements coming out of Pakistan at a time when the team needs the support of their former players and critics," Yawar said.

"It is absolutely rubbish that any match fixing could have taken place or that Indian bookmakers had approached our players. I would say to these people if they have any evidence of any sort of our players involvement in this heinous crime they should come forward with it and we will take exemplary action. But if they don't have evidence they should keep quiet," he said.

Pakistan's former chief selector Abdul Qadir and former Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz have called on the authorities to hold an independent inquiry into match fixing allegations in Sri Lanka and have expressed fears that some players might have fixed matches.