Pakistan in West Indies 2013

PCB 'concerned' over fixing allegations

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 28, 2013

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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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Posted by Stark62 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.

Posted by Stark62 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.

Cont.

Posted by Desihungama 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.

Posted by vinmon143 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...

Posted by Cricket_Man 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA 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.

Posted by Mr.BU on (July 29, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

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

Posted by UAETigers 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.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Pakistan should ban cricket from the country and dismantle the structure. If they want this, then so be it. Instead, football should be encouraged in the country and I know Pakistanis are good at it. In fact cricket is a waste of time and money.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

All you guys with several hundred comments, can you please ask Daily Mail to clarify the source of this information, which is not at all mentioned in the article. ICC declined to comment, PCB declined, WI not available, even Betfair declined, then what on earth was the source of this information, and how authentic is this. These are mere allegations and any media agency with several journalist out there hunting for few minutes of fame can produce such baseless allegations. Please do not abuse or conclude about any nation before anything is proved. PCB has to take a very strict stance on this issue, and I was glad they reacted!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

As a contributor to cricinfo I asked the question about match-fixing about 2 weeks ago when some of the games looked suspiciously odd. But it was not posted. I am not surprised at the allegations and a full investigation is needed and welcomed. We await the outcome.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

It is frustrating to see how PCB can go immediately defensive on some ordinary yet cheap media news about match fixing. Why ICC become so active when such news are surface against Pakistan and has never investigated Australia, India and English players upon media report. English media (THE 2nd most controversial after Indian media) need to pay attention to their local and national cricket more than damaging other nations.

Looks like that anti corruption laws are only designed to deal with Pakistan and are carried out even with a small scream from the other corner of the world. Since ICC is only filtered to listen corruption against Pakistani players. They already have damaged so much that Pakistan Cricket is under tremendous pressure yet cooperative and playing outside the country for more than 4 years. Shame on ICC if they level any investigation or charges on any "media report."

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

This is absolute rubbish. The mail on Sunday is what we would call a *masala* newspaper in Pakistan, with a very obvious bias. Creating stories out of nothing is he these tabloids make money. PCB should have issued a strong statement backing the players and criticising the source of this story. When will board learn!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Measured and balance response, well done PCB, for a change!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

guys it not about pakistan only. if you read the article which was published and base of this pcb- icc discussion,

the article blamed both WI and pakistan for different matches, 3rd , 5th and 2nd , some parts of the matches and some strange patterns in scoring etc. both teams named.

Posted by avmd on (July 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

PCB should have NOT reacted to it, they spoiling the joy of a rare series win by showing a knee jerk reaction to it. They could have asked quitely to ICC to look into the matter if there was some reason for that.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

am feeling bad after this false news.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

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

Posted by HaseebF786 on (July 28, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

From another article that I have read (which is stating the same story), I have found out that someone(body) from England has accused Pakistan and West Indies to be fixing in the third odi and 5th odi. Third because Umar Akmal missed out on a runout and 5th because West Indies were batting too slow (presumingly because of Marlon Samuels). Now, what I want to ask is that, is it fair to even presume that these two matches had been fixed without any solid evidence? And, have there not been other teams that have had fielding flops (or are the rest just perfect)? Finally, have there not been other teams that have batted slowly or collapsed on a batting pitch but weren't accused? I feel that with the media already saying that there is fixing shows that there is targeting on these two teams (one more than the other). So please, whomever is investigating, please do so in the most mannerly way you may.

Thanks,

Haseeb A. Faisal

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

This is just none sense.After almost six months,Misbah eleven won a crucial series but other people can't tolerate Pakistan't comprehensive victory in the series.In my viewpoint Pakistan team should perform as majestically as they can to stop people from spreading hatred.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

This is pathetic Every single time only PAKISTAN is targeted why cant they just let us play cricket Pakistan performance always under microscope

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

oh it's again UK tabloid daily mail ,same allegations were made in 2010 ENG & PAK ODI series played after salman asif amir lords test spot fixing case ,but ICC found nothing .

Posted by GermanPlayer on (July 28, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

The level os seriousness of the PCB can be judged from their statement. They are 'extremely concerned'. Rather, they should be sending a letter to the newspaper asking for proof or paying for damages. The reason is that the PCB is a politically run board and the money involved in the game today means no one is sure if his co-worker is involved is some activities or not.

Posted by swingstowin on (July 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

A little surprised to see PCB issuing this sort of statement based just on media reports. They should've backed their players unless they know something others don't. I can only imagine the pressure and sense of insecurity the players will feel after hearing what PCB said.

Posted by reality_check on (July 28, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

I have read the mail on Sunday story. The allegations are about some "unusual" batting/bowling patterns. Going by that logic, let's scrutinize the recently concluded two ashes tests between Eng and Aus. How can number 11 score 98 runs against English bowling attack? How could the Aus tailenders scors more runs in both tests then the top order? Come on mail on Sunday... let's do a story on this please. As a matter of fact, given enough time and binoculars, one can extract any number of "unusual" batting/bowling patterns from any cricket match.

Posted by Smiling on (July 28, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Absolute rubbish. Was a great game...just what we all want to see. Stop trying to make every tight game suspicious. The heart palpitations experienced by both teams are testament to the great uncertainties of the wonderful game of cricket. Pakistan won. Not fixed, just a good win. Good on you Pakistan!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

i do not believe that after a big incident of fixing in england , any player will go for it , its a totaly fake news. because all the newsppaers can get the importance of any thing by publishing any fake news about Pakistan cricket. because it is a cheap way to get popularity for them.. i think PCB has to take strong stand against the news paper and claim something

Posted by Stark62 on (July 28, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

The pcb should also be blamed because instead of backing the team and getting behind the players, they have decided to play to the tune of the media and have gone straight to the icc without consulting the players or even, realising that Pak actually won the series and are in pole position to win the T20 series.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Another drama against Pakistan, I will never accept anything against Misbah eleven. I think its difficult for West Indies to digest too many loses. I hope Pak team will play even stronger than this in todays match. Shame on those who are against this Pak team.

Posted by pakswati on (July 28, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

when ever the pakistanis perform these news are spread to make the players in stress so that they can not perform. come on PCB, Lets support your team and your country. we are a clean nation and cricket lovers.

Posted by tiswaldo on (July 28, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

This is only in the Mail On Sunday so is probably nothing to get too worked up about judging by their usual standards of 'factual' reporting.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

It is jus to unsettle the players and nothing else....I dont think fixing was evident from any of d matches jus concluded in d carribean

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

I feel there is conspiracy to gradually extinguish the presence of Pakistani cricket at the international arena.For Sensible cricket lovers it is very sad to blame one country and its players for no reason and without any firm investigations. I am sure ICC is fair enough and they will do the best in the interest on cricket and the Pakistani team !!

Posted by kc69 on (July 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Pakistan is a inconsistent side which can turn a winning match to loss or tie but that doesn't mean you blame Pakistan again and again.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

what drama is this now?? another spot fixing. I am quite sure the current squad has totally clean players and young players are quite sure of what happened recently. I hope it Is nothing but another hype created by the indies media over loosing the series.

Posted by Algorithm on (July 28, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

And once again Pakistan is targeted. Disappointed....! :(

Posted by Sebii on (July 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

For Good Sake! Let the Pakistan's Be Groomed and keep them out of stress LET THEM PERFORM, PLEASE! Now what is this NEW DRAMA? Why always blame Pakistan? Come on ICC be sensible !

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Such a shame for these lobby based organisation to only have one target. Why IPL fxing scandals are not being investigated properly?

Posted by Stark62 on (July 28, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Pakistan start winning and all of a sudden, there was wrongdoing!!

It's funny because Pak actually won the series 3-1, so how can fixing arise?!?!

It's nothing more than allegations and an attempt, to distract and disrupt the Pak dressing room.

Posted by nathangonmad on (July 28, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

I hope it turns out to be nothing. Cricket doesn't need this.

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