‘Concerned’ PCB contacts ICC over fixing allegations: PCB official

Published: July 28, 2013
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Claims made by the Daily Mail report over suspicious betting and scoring patterns have set alarms bells ringing. PHOTO: CRICINFO.

Claims made by the Daily Mail report over suspicious betting and scoring patterns have set alarms bells ringing. PHOTO: CRICINFO.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has contacted the International Cricket Council (ICC) following allegations of fixing during the recent ODI series between Pakistan and the West Indies.

A PCB official said that the board was ‘concerned’ and was seeking information over claims made by the Daily Mail, asserting that ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit was set to investigate the third and the fifth game of the  five-match series.

“The board follows a zero tolerance policy for corruption,” the PCB official told The Express Tribune. “We are concerned over the reports and have contacted the ICC on the matter.”

The Daily Mail report had claimed that “concerns were raised, in particular, around the tied third match of the series played in St Lucia a week ago on Friday, as well as the final game.”

It also alleged that “unusually large sums of money [were] being wagered between innings on a tied result during the third ODI after the West Indies were set 230 to win from 50 overs.”

The PCB official did not rule out the possibility of a legal action on the claims made by the newspaper.

“If the report is proved wrong, we will mull over legal action against the media group,” the official said.

An official board version of the report will be released shortly while the ICC is also expected to issue a media release, said the PCB official.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Singh
    Jul 28, 2013 - 6:46PM

    again!

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  • Hafiz
    Jul 28, 2013 - 6:58PM

    For sure 3-5 cricketer will be arrest.

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  • romm
    Jul 28, 2013 - 7:48PM

    @Singh:
    had ICC taken any action against Players in IPP corruption scandal, such things would not have been repeated AGAIN!

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  • Ash
    Jul 28, 2013 - 8:17PM

    What a load of crap! British media just can’t see Pakistan winning any series and they don’t leave any stone unturned to find something against Pakistani team. Daily mail is a UK tabloid which is famous to spice up baseless stories. I have read the article and the allegations are about “unusual” batting/bowling patterns. Going by that logic Daily mail must first scrutinize the recent two ashes tests between England and Australia. How can a number 11 score 98 runs against English attack? How could Aussie Tailenders score more runs in both tests then the top order? Can Daily Mail do a story on this as well please? As a matter of fact, we can find some “unusual” patterns in every game of Cricket given time to analyze each one of them! I am a bit surprised to see childish attitude of PCB to accept a tabloid’s claim and showing their “concern”. They must back their players and sue this Tabloid. I am 200% sure that Pakistani team played well and they deserve a round of applause not this junk of British media!

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  • Maverick
    Jul 28, 2013 - 8:23PM

    @romm:

    ICC is complicit in the crimes and the corruption committed in the IPL. Everyone knows that the whole tournament has been invented by the gambling syndicates in India and with the connivance of the BCCI.

    What do you expect from a country that is so steeped in corruption that it really does make Pakistan look like the ‘Land of the Pure’!

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jul 28, 2013 - 8:49PM

    The story is utter rubbish. Team pak won fair and square.
    Only suspicious thing about the ODI series was afridi’s ‘unsual’ performance in the 1st ODI, after which afridi was back to his ‘normal’ form. :D

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  • BILAL
    Jul 28, 2013 - 9:17PM

    What double standards yar!Srinavasan’s son-In-Law gets clean chit from BCCI even after so many proofs and testimonies against hime and Pakistani cricketers are being blamed without any substantial proofs.Its not possible now that any of these guys will be involved in fixing because they have seen what has happened with asif.amir and butt

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  • Jibran
    Jul 28, 2013 - 10:29PM

    Fire Najam Sethi.

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  • faizan
    Jul 28, 2013 - 11:02PM

    british media just cant see pakistan rising up. icc should take an action against ipl as every body knows that it is full of fixing.pcb should take a strong action against british media and if pakistani players are innocent pcb should sue on british media

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  • Gaara
    Jul 28, 2013 - 11:11PM

    What kind of sick thinking is that? Why are you blaming us when in fact it’s your players who are facing these allegations? And IPL is not part of the international board, for them to worry about. If you don’t like the idea how it’s been played out, then you are free to stay away from it. Nobody is forcing you to watch ipl.

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