ACU gives clean chit to Ind-Pak series

Published on Apr 17, 2004 05:26 PM IST

ICC officials told PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan they had found nothing wrong during the nearly 40-days of cricketing action.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Islamabad

Setting at rest allegations of match-fixing, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Shaharyar Khan has said a "clean chit" has been given to the just-concluded Indo-Pak series by the Anti Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council.

Shaharyar said after the series-deciding match came to an end on Friday, he met the ACU officials, who were especially deputed to keep a watch during the series, and they told him they had found nothing wrong during the nearly 40-days of cricketing action.

"They have given a clean chit to the series. According to the officials they have found nothing wrong with the matches and it was totally a fair series," he said.

The series, played in exemplary spirit, was briefly dogged by the match-fixing controversy after former captain Rashid Latif questioned the result of the Lahore one-dayer in a TV programme.

Shaharyar said the series was a great success in more ways than one. "The Indians were welcomed whether it were the cricketers or fans crossing the borders to watch the matches."

He said over 20,000 Indian fans were given visas to visit the country while the PCB had expected only 8000 requirements.

Most importantly, the cash-strapped PCB had made 24 million dollars from advertisement and sale of tickets alone.

The exact profit made out of the Indian tour would be worked out shortly, he said.

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