Pakistan in West Indies 2013 July 28, 2013

PCB 'concerned' over fixing allegations

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has expressed concern over allegations of fixing raised in the media with regard to the recently concluded West Indies-Pakistan ODI series. A Pakistan board official told ESPNcricinfo on Sunday that the PCB is in touch with the ICC about the matter as it falls under the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's purview.

The Mail on Sunday, which raised the allegations, reported that the series was set to be investigated over claims of wrongdoing. Pakistan had won the five-match series in the Caribbean, which concluded on July 24, by a 3-1 margin. The third game of the series was a tie.

"The PCB is obviously extremely concerned at the recent allegations of fixing reported in the media with regard to recently concluded ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies," the official said. "The PCB maintains zero tolerance towards corruption in the game but investigations in this matter falls within the purview of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. The PCB is in contact with the ICC on this issue and understands that the ICC will be issuing a media release soon.

"The PCB, at the moment, is examining all legal aspects but for the time being will not be making any further comments".

The Twenty20-leg of the tour is currently underway. Pakistan won the first of two T20s on Saturday, and the second and final game will be played later on Sunday in St Vincent.

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  • Stark on July 30, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    5) "Another passage of play, between the 29th and 34th overs, when experienced West Indies batsmen Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were at the crease, will also be analysed in an effort to understand why just two runs were scored from five overs before 16 were hit off the 35th over." They are even saying Gayle and Samuels are involved!! Gayle is lavishly paid and Samuels is also paid quite handsomely, plus Ajmal and Hafeez were bowling in tandem, one is a left hander specialist and the other, best spinner in the world and he was bowling on a pitch that was offering him turn. Also, they were waiting for the powerplay but I guess Gayle went ahead with the launch, one over earlier.

    6) Forgot to mention, if Riaz bowled wayward on purpose at the end, then surely Dernbach should be investigated too?!?! After all, he also bowls rubbish at the end of an innings.

    One more post after this, cont.

  • Stark on July 30, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    3) The tied match: They've used Ian Bishops commentary as evidence that it was fixed and he said the following "There is no way, no way, that you can convince me, whatever happens to this last ball, that Wahab Riaz and Misbah ul Haq have had this field right to the length they have been trying to execute. There is no one who can convince me of that. Totally wrong". Unfortunately, Bish doesn't know what the plan from Misbah and Riaz was. Also, Riaz has always been erratic, hence he may have not executed the plan set. Also, Narine and Roach are very capable with bat and they showed that in the tri-series, so it was no surprise they managed to tonk a few balls at the end.

    4) 5th ODI: "ACSU officers will also analyse patterns on spread-betting sites around the first 18 balls of the West Indies innings when only one run was scored." Charles has got out to Irfan on more than one occasion and Devon is Hafeez's bunny, so the start is understandable by the Windies.


  • Jawwad on July 29, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    A guy who is at best a part timer and hasn't kept in two years misses a run out at a crucial stage of match and the best you can come up if there was fixing? This is now getting absurd.

  • vinay on July 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    a fear in Pak fans heart can be sensed easily...same denials were there out-rightly during SALMAN_ASIF_AMER episode..but ultimately all found guilty and latest all apologizing publicly...

  • Faizan on July 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Misbah and Marlon Samuels are stop-start players. they either block or hit. thus, in some overs they score 1 or 2 and in some 15 to 20. wahab riaz has been a run leaker throughout his career so you cant say his bowling was suspicious in that final over. umar akmal is an impatient cricketer who isn't a regular keeper and is still learning the art. i find nothing suspicious in these matches, just two unpredictable sides making up an exciting series. pcb should sue the newspaper once ICC clears the series. Because if PCB remains soft now, then in future such baseless allegations may come up again.

  • Mumraiz on July 29, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Allegations should be made on some basis and if there is any basis then they should be provided and also brought into media. If proven right, strict action should be taken and if not then PCB should sought defamation case against the media who print baseless stories.

    Anyhow, reading such stories on Cricinfo whenever such incidents occur provides a very good example of how biased people are when it comes to Pakistani players. Firstly, with respect to Cricinfo, the story was published and comments section was enabled right from the start whereas in recent IPL case it was a different scenario. Similarly, most people will come to conclusions when a pakistani player is involved; whereas the same advised others to wait for conclusion of the investigation and then comment or complain. Same applies to ICC which keeps mum over matters of others board (especially BCCI) but needs explanation for everything from PCB.

  • Lalith on July 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Allegations should be investigated. If it is proven,all involved should be jailed. Otherwise people involved in allegations should be jailed. As we all know 3 Pak cricketers were jailed few years ago.That is good. I like to know the allegations against some SL umpires and SL crickerters. What happened to it.

  • Bilal on July 29, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    and what about the recent champions trophy final between England and India???

  • Adeel on July 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    it's such a shame that these baseless allegations are put up against Pakistan and PCB never does anything. They should go and put a claim against the newspaper to either prove the news or write an open public apology. Did these news papers ever talked about the dirty and money covered IPL and indian team? Why everyone goes after PAK team to make it look like rest of the world is heaven and only angels lives there.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Let the authorities to investigate rather than passing falls comments on anyone.

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