Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has withdrawn his allegations against English cricketers in a bid to defuse tensions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Ijaz Butt and PCB Legal Adviser Tafazzul Rizvi are currently touring England for a rapprochement with the ECB.
“I wish to personally and on behalf of the PCB to withdraw the comments I made concerning the ECB and each of the England players,” read a joint statement by Ijaz Butt and ECB Chairman Giles Clarke. “The ECB and the England players who played at The Oval ‘warmly welcome’ this withdrawal and now regard the matter as closed. Giles Clarke confirmed that he is continuing as the ICC Pakistan Task Team Chairman,” the statement added.
“I would like to make it quite clear that I never intended to question the integrity of England players nor the ECB nor suggest that any of them were involved in corrupt practices or in a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket,” the statement added. The statement vowed that the ECB and its chairman continue to be hugely supportive of Pakistan cricket.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2010.
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