England news July 30, 2013

ECB denies allegation of fixing suspicion


The ECB has acted to repair relations with the PCB following reports in a British newspaper suggesting the ECB had suspicions about a recent game between Pakistan and West Indies.

The PCB was concerned that comments attributed to an ECB official in the article suggested the third match of the ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies in St Lucia on July 19 - a game which ended in a tie - might have been subject of spot or even match-fixing.

The ECB has now formally assured the PCB that it has voiced no such suspicions. They told the PCB the comments were a "misrepresentation" and that it had not recommended to the ICC that the series should be investigated.

The Pakistan board, suitably placated, issued a statement saying: "The PCB has received assurance from the ECB, that the ECB has not passed any judgment on Pakistan Cricket and that the ECB has not suggested that there was anything to be concerned about during the Pakistan v West Indies series.

"PCB maintains a zero tolerance approach towards corruption but also feels it to be its obligation to protect Pakistan cricket from baseless allegations."

The statement was received in response to PCB's query on a statement attributed to an ECB official which appeared in a British newspaper regarding allegations of fixing in the recently concluded Pakistan v West Indies series. The ECB confirmed that the official has not stated that the series should be investigated and also approached the newspaper to seek a suitable clarification.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the ECB official involved advised that, if the newspaper had any information, it should be directed towards the ICC as the ECB had no jurisdiction in a game not involving England and not in the UK.

The story provoked anger in Pakistan with former captain, Rashid Latif, making a series of counter-allegations, all so far entirely unsubstantiated, and suggesting that he will sue the newspaper. "If the newspaper fails to provide evidence then the PCB must take them to court," Latif said. "And if they don't, I will."

Latif, one of the whisteblowers at the time of the Qayyum inquiry between 1998-2000 has used his Twitter account to raise doubts about the probity of England matches in the recent Champions Trophy and chastise the ECB for banning Danish Kaneria.

"Right from the onset the ECB did not have a strong case against Kaneria," Latif told AFP. "It seemed that it was just to show the world that their county cricket was clean from fixing."

Latif pinpointed Sri Lanka's victory over England at The Oval as a suspicious game but the ECB and ICC have denied any truth in the allegations and ESPNcricinfo understands that no ACSU investigation into it is planned.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Rashid Latif salute u.. well done

    But i hope ICC follow all matches no matter which team or player and take strong action againt any one involved.

  • Ning-nong on August 1, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I love this guy, Rashid Latif take a bow, since he scored his 50 on debut against England, he showed immense qualities, he played the game hard, and still has Karachi fighter qualities as does Miandad. May be a bit to emotional for the job, but he should go for coaching role. Definitely has the energy and passion to push Pak players every bit of the way!

  • Qaasim on August 1, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Really happy to see a former player back the boys up and stand tall against the ecb and the newspaper. Serioulsy if these allegations are proven false (which I am 110% sure they are false) the pcb should sue the newspaper for every penny. I hope that the pcb stand their ground because to be honest as a die hard fan of the unpredictable green team it is very saddning to see people consistantly doubt our players and harp on about the past. But we will stand by our players and pray that the pcb will take strict action against the newspaper and give a stern talking to the ecb.

  • aziz on July 31, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    PCB must take newspaper daily mail to court and serve a notice to produce evidence. All the players and management should sign a petition to the PCB to sue the paper.

  • Tanveer on July 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Rashid Lateef is an honest man. His power to speak truth made his career short, as he was the best keeper of all time for Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    It should be stopped. Pakistan won the series.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Time to stop these allegations. Bring proof otherwise the both boards should sue whoever tries to do this these to sell their papers. Must be stop once and for all. We had enough of these. Please let call and play it by its name, the gentlenman's game.

  • James on July 31, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Wow a farcical ending of a match involving Pakistan creating speculation there's a surprise, to be honest though all cricket played in the West Indies over the past month should be reported by the ICC as the most useless month of cricket ever played.

  • Jawad on July 30, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Looking forward to see PCB taking that Newspaper to Court. Enough is Enough. "Lets see the Zero Tolerance to baseless Allegations" being put inot action...

  • Jawad on July 30, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    A Brave stance by Rashid Latif. Atlast someone raised a voice for our Players. The PCB administration has never been sincere towards the welfare of our players (e.g all the statements they give in favour of M.Amir are just political)...Why is it always our players who are 'to be made an example' for the world? Even after Muhammad Amir confessing his crime and cooporating with PCB and ICC, there is still no hope of showing some leniency towards that Boy. The ICC wont itself decide to reduce his ban, its the PCB that will have to make an HONEST effort to get his ban decresed.

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