ECB reject fixing allegations

2010-09-20 14:17

London - England on Monday angrily rejected allegations from a senior Pakistani official that they were involved in match-fixing in the third one-day international against Pakistan last week.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt told a television channel on Sunday: "There is loud and clear talk in bookies' circles that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose (Friday's) match."

In a statement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it completely rejected Butt's suggestions, which followed police questioning of four Pakistan players over allegations of spot fixing in the test series against England .

"Mr Butt's comments were wholly irresponsible and completely without foundation," the ECB said.

In a BBC radio interview on Monday, Butt said he had no proof of wrongdoing and was merely relaying information he had heard from bookmakers about the match at the Oval.

"I have never said this. If you listen to the full tape of the NDTV interview, the bookies are saying this. I am not saying this," he said.

The ECB statement said Monday's fourth one-day international at Lord's and the final match in Southampton would go ahead as scheduled, although the match-fixing controversy has cast a pall over the series, which England lead 2-1.

"The ECB expresses its gratitude for the outstanding conduct of the England team this summer and will take all legal and disciplinary action which may result from Mr Butt's comments," the statement said.

England captain Andrew Strauss said his team had "strong misgivings" about continuing with the series.

"We do, however, recognise our responsibilities to the game of cricket, and in particular to the cricket-loving public in this country, and will therefore endeavour to fulfil these fixtures to the best of our ability," he said in a statement reflecting the acrimony caused by the latest allegations. Pakistan returned to Lord's on Monday for the first time since the fourth Test against England last month.

Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have been suspended after newspaper reports that they had arranged for deliberate no-balls to be delivered during the match.


  • war - whites against racism - 2010-09-20 15:16

    It must be noted that England did collapse rather dramatically, so anything is possible.

  • stuart - 2010-09-20 15:21

    ask mr butt which bookie told him ban him from uk until he gives you the paper /comment trail as a comment like this is massively destructive

  • Pankaj - 2010-09-20 15:53


  • war - whites against racism - 2010-09-20 16:23

    The point I do believe Mr. Butt is trying to make, is the same as yours Stuart. He agrees with you, he says England should not have made all their allegations at the time without legal substance. I reckon he has made his point quite quaintly. Bravo Mr Butt.

  • Moham - 2010-09-20 16:55

    with the huge money paid for TV rights and advertizing, surely the ICB / ECB / PCB etc have for some time already hired the worlds top PI's, or possibly even the CIA or KGB ( who are bound to moonlight their cellphone tapping technology, as in the killing of Pablo ) in tapping Ijaz's butt, as well as any suspected England & Pakistani players or the whole bunch, but refuse to expose any wrongdoing on the basis of "public interest" defeating" invation of privacy", or just publishing the same in the New York Times or give taps to Al Jazeera. I think they already know just about everything, but "political expediency" the fright as to the x 1000% fold public following and massive center of gravity of cricket in the sub continent, racism issues etc, bludgeon cricket administrators into "political ineptitude" of doing nothing. Ditto Scotand Yard who probably got an earful c/o David Cameron " persuing may have an effect on the wellbing of British soldiers etc???) Good idea, England players suing Ijaz's butt, but Davy and Co will put a shrt stop to that as well. So.................. we can all look forward to ...... nothing ... being..done.

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