PCB wants inquiry into Warne’s prediction

Published: March 2, 2011
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Surprised how the former spinner knew it would end all-square.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Surprised how the former spinner knew it would end all-square. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt will question Shane Warne’s prediction about the India-England World Cup match at the International Cricket Council’s executive board meeting.

The high-scoring match was tied off the last ball and raised eyebrows given that Warne predicted it would end all-square on Twitter prior to the start of the match.

“Looking forward to the game between India and England today, it should be a cracker,” said Warne’s tweet. “My prediction is a tie!”

Talking to the reporters at a Lahore City Cricket Association function, the chairman looked puzzled as to how someone could forecast such a correct result before the match.

“We will raise the matter and ask the ICC to conduct a fair inquiry into the matter,” he said.

Central contracts

The chairman added that the PCB would issue central contracts to nineteen players on Thursday while the remaining players would get the contracts in June.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2011.

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  • karachiite
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:53AM

    hahaahahahahahahahahah …. ohh pcb pcb pcb you never fail to amuse me Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ali Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:16AM

    no need to get excited…. he tweeted after the match !!!Recommend

  • Betting mafia is there....!!!!!
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:49AM

    This shows that match fixing is not limited to Pakistanis….!!!! Its a reality the world over….wake up…ICC……….Recommend

  • MAD
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:43AM

    Butt Sb its twitter. anyone can write anything. saying a tie was his way of stating that he felt that it would be a close game and couldnt guess a winner. Please kindly avoid making statements that end up as PR disasters. the PCB is hardly in a position to make such allegations.Recommend

  • tahira
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Good! Raise this issue.we all know shane warne’s & india’s past. Wanre stayed with his prediction even after india scored 338! i wonder how was he so sure thn! Recommend

  • muhammad imran
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:46AM

    pcb must raise this issue because if a Pakistani predict this then the ici start investigating.so i say we should raise this issue at all forums. Recommend

  • CB Guy
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:57AM

    ICC should have already looked into it. warne’s bookie connections are no secret and those who think its “just twitter” obviously, like us all, are not aware if it was a gaffe that turned true or he made large sums of dosh coz of a predetermined result he was aware of. . Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:10AM

    Its not a match fixing or anything, its just a random guess that everyone does, like me!!!Recommend

  • xyz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:15AM

    PCB led by its chairman, is full of idiots. We really dont need this right now. Recommend

  • Halagu khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:21PM

    Morons, This is an idiom to say that both of these teams are equal in talent and stand equal chance of winning the game!!!!

    What is happening to pakistan? Instead of cleaning own house we are looking for equal equal for our shameless acts and generate more conspiracy theories in the end.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:23PM

    Ijaz Butt HAS to make a fool out of himself, too tempting for him to resist. I just wish that he does it as Ijaz Butt, not as the chairman of PCB. Already the board and its reputation has gone through enough!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Warne not only predicted it but he said it again when india reached 300. And I was amazed at how frequently all the indian players (atleast the first 5 of them) changed their bats and gambhir got out .. the others hit 4 .. etc
    Most interestingly .. there was a single run by the indian team that was disallowed for being short. These things need to be honestly looked into because spot fixing and match fixing is a reality.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Ijaz Butt headRecommend

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