Pakistan probes domestic Twenty20 match

By AFP
Published: April 13, 2012

Twenty20 match under scrutiny over allegations of foul play, under-performance by some players. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A match in Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 competition last month is under scrutiny over allegations of foul play and under-performance by some players, an official said.

Karachi Zebras lost the Super Eight tournament game by 31 runs against a weakened Peshawar Panthers side missing injured star Pakistan paceman Umar Gul. The win lifted Peshawar to the semi-final and relegated Karachi.

“I myself felt some foul-play and several players under-performed so the manager of the team has submitted a report in which he has advised investigation,” Siraj Bukhari, president of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA), told AFP on Thursday.

Bukhari did not say whether players under-performed for money but said a committee will investigate and submit a report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, named by jailed English player Mervyn Westfiled in a spot-fixing scandal involving a 2009 county match, was part of the Karachi team but had to pull out after bowling only four balls due to a fitness problem.

Kaneria, arrested in 2010 but not charged, faces an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary hearing next month. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“We are looking into the matter and await details from the KCCA,” PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told AFP. “PCB has zero tolerance on fixing.”

Pakistan has been in the centre of match-fixing controversy since Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged they were offered a bribe by then home captain Salim Malik to under-perform during Australia’s 1995 tour.

Last year three top Pakistan players — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer — were banned and later jailed over a spot-fixing scandal on the tour of England in 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Senman
    Apr 13, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Does PCB even tried to educate the youngsters about evils of fixing? Why are we seeing these type of things over and over again in Pakistan?

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  • Asad
    Apr 13, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Investigation in Pakistan and specially in Cricket. Are you serious KCCA?

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  • Apr 13, 2012 - 4:26PM

    This proves that India is meddling in our affairs. Indian bookies, supported by RAW, are operating in Pakistan.

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  • Asad
    Apr 13, 2012 - 5:04PM

    @ziad
    We cant blame India in every match fixing scandals. We should find culprit in our Country first..

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 13, 2012 - 5:33PM

    Its good if PCB is really doing this. Domestic cricket should be monitored strictly for match/spot fixing awareness. Players will then be more vigilant against anything malicious around them.

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  • Jan
    Apr 13, 2012 - 8:36PM

    @zaid hamid:
    We should not blame everything on India yar.

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  • Apr 14, 2012 - 8:31AM

    Well i agree to this to a some extent but we need to find flaws in ourselves we are not supposed to put blame on India or some other country just to make ourselves clear

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