England players paid to lose?

2010-09-20 07:44

New Delhi - Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt has launched an extraordinary attack on England's players, saying they may have thrown a one-day international in return for "enormous" sums of cash.

Pakistan beat England in Friday's one-dayer at the Oval by 23 runs after the home side, chasing 242 to win, lost their last five wickets for just 17 runs.

But the Pakistani tourists, already accused of spot-fixing in a previous Test match, are now under new investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over a suspicious scoring pattern in the Oval game.

In a remarkable intervention, Butt attempted to deflect suspicion back onto the England side.

"There is loud and clear talk in bookie circle that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose the (Oval) match," the chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board told India's NDTV news channel late on Sunday.

"No wonder there was total collapse of the English side," he said.

Britain's Sun tabloid claimed to have been made aware of details of Pakistan's innings before the match had got underway.

The paper tipped off the ICC, which then watched as the scoring patterns in two suspect overs emerged as predicted, The Sun said.

But the overall result of the match was not believed to be fixed, the report added.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the new allegations- which follow the suspension of three Pakistan players for alleged involvement in spot-fixing - warranted further investigation.

Butt, however, told NDTV there was a conspiracy to "defraud Pakistan and Pakistani cricket" and threatened to reveal names of those involved in the conspiracy.

Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have all been questioned by British police over an alleged plot to bowl deliberate no-balls during last month's Test at Lord's.

A fourth player - seamer Wahab Riaz - was also interviewed by the British authorities. All have denied any wrongdoing.

On Friday, Scotland Yard announced that an initial file detailing evidence of alleged corruption had been forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will decide whether to proceed with the case.


  • cricketlover - 2010-09-20 08:00

    A case of rotten apples I think. Firstly, I wouldn't believe anything I read in the Sun newspaper and secondly, with all the drama recently unfolding regarding "spot' fixing, I really don't think England players would put themselves in such a precarious position. Instead of mud slinging, let's rather try and preserve this gentleman's game.

  • ockert - 2010-09-20 08:36

    The whole thing sounds like a witch hunt, how is it possible unless - England and Pakistan and both captains were involved in ALL the suspected problems.

  • ockert - 2010-09-20 08:37

    The whole thing sounds like a witch hunt, how is it possible unless - England and Pakistan and both captains were involved in ALL the suspected problems. Come to think of it the Umpires are probably involved as well - he needs to see the suspected No-Ball ???

  • Joe - 2010-09-20 08:43

    What a farce. In the light of these events, the life long ban imposed on Hansie Cronje certainly makes complete sense. I'm losing all interest in the game of cricket. In fact, I don't know if I'll ever bother to follow another game. And it used to be my favourite sport. Message to Cricket SA: get into this debate now and make it perfectly clear that match fixing and rigging at any level will not be tolerated. I would argue that the team with players found guilty of rigging should earn a minimum one year ban. In other words, if found guilty, Pakistan should be banned from all international cricket, and every Pakistani player must be banned from playing anywhere outside Pakistan for one year. Over and above this, the guilty players should get life bans. And if this happens in South Africa the same should apply to the Proteas. Furthermore, match figing or rigging must be made a criminal offence in every nation associated with the UCB and players should be prosecuted and sent to jail. The fact that they do this as national players representing their country makes it so much worse. If I was a sponsor I would have sued the pants off any player compromising my brand like that.

  • andy - 2010-09-20 08:50

    I must admit i have often been suspicious when a poor side suddenly wins a game in a limited over series , and in so doing "keeps the series alive ". This is clearly a financial advantage to the organisers , sponsors and broadcasters . It would not surprise me if these results are fixed .

  • henk - 2010-09-20 09:24

    hoekom is dit altyd so dat pakistan betrokke is by gebeure waaroor daar vraagtekens hang? van skelmstreke op die veld tot moord?

  • No-Good - 2010-09-20 09:27

    I do not think England would do such a stupid thing especially amidst the spot-fixing investigation. Pakistanis are clowns and deserve to be banned for atleast five years from the game.

  • David Meyer - 2010-09-20 09:28

    It beggars belief that players could still be engaging in spot-fixing in the full glare of public and official scruitiny following the deliberate no-balling episode. If these latest (run-rate) allegations are proven then the crisis is even worse than we think, because it means that players (and teams) are giving two fingers to the cricket authorities let alone the criminal law. The whole Enland-Pakistan series has been poisoned by the spot-fixing episode(s) to the extent that whenever one side loses a game it can be accused of match-fixing. This tour should be terminated immediately for the sake of the game.

  • Saddique Ismail - 2010-09-20 09:41

    Any sport where betting(gambling) is permitted has the potential for corrupt practices and manipulation by bookmnakers. In the case of the Pakistani spot fixing controversy the so called no-balls could not have been bowled without the collution of the Umpires, the umpires are a part of the process and this could not have occurred witout their conivance. I would not put great store in the reports of the Sun newpaper,after all who owns this paper. Rupert Murdoch, does the name ring a bell or sound an alarm.

  • Emile - 2010-09-20 09:50

    Surely if there was a pattern in the game over two overs, England players must have been involved. You cannot manipulate scoring if you don't know what the bowlers/fielders are going to do. It takes two to tango. Yes, sport betting in the sub-continent is a major problem and a mafia industry, but I think all countries are involved. Say whatever you want about Hansie Cronje, he had integrity, but they even got under his skin.

  • James - 2010-09-20 09:57

    Ijaz Butt is a complete moron if he thinks that this attempt to smear England is going to be believed. It's little wonder that Pakistani cricket is in such a mess when the man at the helm makes comments like this. The PCB should be taken over by an independant group of administrators from another country in order to get things sorted out. I don't think that there is the will in Pakistan to truly stamp out cheating and corruption. The problem is that corruption is so rife in Pakistan that many in that country see it as acceptable to behave like this. The ICC needs to take a firm stand to prevent the entire sport from being ruined.

  • Mimi - 2010-09-20 10:01

    Please educate the uneducated. How can one team throw a game without the knowledge and consent of the opposing team? How exactly does it work?

  • Infidel - 2010-09-20 10:07

    What a Butthead...!!!!

  • Craig - 2010-09-20 10:15

    Can't believe any player English or pakistani would risk anything just yet but it wouldn't surprise me if there is an unwritten rule where games are thrown in a series to keep the sponsors happy, its no longer sport it's money that drives major sporting events nowadays

  • eddy - 2010-09-20 10:26

    If! there ismatch fixing. Why dont thesport administrtors revert to army basic training? If one or more members of the team ( squad ) are caught in a misdemeaner thyen the whole squad gets punished. In this case the reasoning being that if one is involved, that others should also have been approached. Their silence therefore makes them guilty as well.

  • eddy - 2010-09-20 10:29

    If! there ismatch fixing. Why dont thesport administrtors revert to army basic training? If one or more members of the team ( squad ) are caught in a misdemeaner thyen the whole squad gets punished. In this case the reasoning being that if one is involved, that others should also have been approached. Their silence therefore makes them guilty as well.

  • Cricket Enthusiast - 2010-09-20 10:30

    Too late for me. I have lost my zeal for this game. I could not wait to watch some international cricket but now it all seems such a waste of time.

  • John - 2010-09-20 10:42

    this whole thing is pulling cricket as a whole down with it. I used to lose cricket and now its almost like WWE wrestling

  • Chris - 2010-09-20 10:43

    I believe it is possible.Since money started to play a role in sport everything changed.England is no different from any other sporting country.In the Hansie Cronje case they never questioned the other team.I think it is part and parcel of the cricket environment and an independent commission should be established to investigate all international cricket teams,but I am afraid the commission will also be bribed. investigate

  • Todd - 2010-09-20 11:50

    What kind of an idiot would try to spot-fix after 3 members of his team were under investigation? Answer: NONE!!! Truth is, this is probably just the British Suns attempt at a publicity stunt. We hear everday of the crap these British newspapers publish, and we believe them always. As for the scoring pattern in the game, well heres the scoring pattern for the next ODI (anyone not just pak vs eng): first 15 overs - players go hard middle overs - consolidate last 10 overs - anything goes Tell me does this scoring pattern seem similar to any other cricket game you've seen? You think that idiot lorgat or whatever his name is would know this...

  • Aly - 2010-09-20 12:25

    I am wondering what rocket science does it takes to predict if 8 runs would be scored in the 39th and 40th Over. Anybody who has some sense of the game could predict anything and if it comes true, u are under the hammer again. I wonder if ICC had the information why did they remain quite. Its just like I hear two people planning a murder and stay quite over this to see actually if they kill somebody. What if I say 10 runs will be scored in the 40th Over by England in todays game because i heard someboday saying so and it comes true would they start investigation against England. I am from Pakistan and understands if certain players are involved they should be punished but this story of scoring patterns is absolutely bonkers!!!! I wonder if ICC really wants to fix all this, If they really had some information that proved correct they would have first taken the boards involved into confidence before announcing the investigation public. I thought only we had a ButtHead, now i am sure there are some in ICC too :)

  • Mossy - 2010-09-20 12:29

    This is very sad for the soprt i luv.You dont even know whether its true wat Butt is sayin.I think sports betting should be made illegal,it might help.ICC should look at forming a pay structure for all international crickerters and maybe if they get paid well then they wont think of fixing..Im also starting to think that the West Indies players may have fixed games,they have been as pathetic as the pakistani team...Cricket needs a prayer right now!

  • Mr Ref - 2010-09-20 12:50

    Pakis dont take the game as seriously as other cricketing nations. The players look at it as means of making a living, and do not take losing too seriously. Thats danger is with so much cricket being played, it makes it difficult for most players to stay motivated and they become easier to manipulate by the bookies. Its obviously the tip of the iceberg and it would be naive to assume that its only the Pakis involved. Makes you wonder how deep it goes... SA-Aus 438? did it seem too perfect? We'll never know...

  • Infidel - 2010-09-20 13:10

    I reckon Ijaz Butt is just pissed off because he had money on pakistan to win, and then they go and blow it by winning... lol

  • Just Asking - 2010-09-20 14:05

    2 or 3 series ago when SA played England and SA lost the last test after being is a strong possition on day 4 for England to win the final test to save the series,and the very next day England announced a new sponser for their cricket team. So maybe their is something here

  • The Judge - 2010-09-20 14:10

    What I find remarkable is that Butt is up to speed with the conversation in the so called bookie circles!

  • poops - 2010-09-20 16:14

    This is the way Pakis work they dont see its wrong at all. New world get used to it. Like Merkel says get used to seeing mosques in your town and the values that come with them

  • @poops - 2010-09-20 16:59

    ignorant comment. Corruption is in every culture, and not based on religion. catch a wake-up

  • Saddique Ismail - 2010-09-21 08:37

    When one looks at scoring patterns in an ODI there is always a similar pattern dictated by the game. However for the pattern to be maintained the quality of the bowling attack, must be at a predictable level, How can a scoring pattern be maintained if the bowling attack does not play along???

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