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Pakistan Cricket Board Dismisses Spot-fixing Allegations, Calls It 'baseless'

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:


  • Fresh claims of spot-fixing hit international cricket in a documentary released by Qatar based channel, Al Jazeera
  • The reports stated that several players from Pakistan, Australia and England had cheated on seven occasions between the period from 2011 and 2012.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected the spot-fixing charge made against the national team in a recently-released documentary by Al Jazeera. They have labeled the allegations to be "baseless" and said a probe can only be conducted if the broadcaster shares the footage.

READ: England, Australian And Pakistani Cricketers Hit With Fresh Spot-fixing Claims

In response to the Al Jazeera's latest documentary, which claimed that four international matches involving Pakistan were spot-fixed, the PCB said the allegations were under review jointly by the ICC and its own Anti-Corruption Unit.

"The broadcaster has not been forthcoming with provision of any evidence whatsoever in the absence of which their allegations remain unsubstantiated," the statement added. "Without provision of evidence from the broadcaster, the allegations will remain baseless," it said.

The PCB's statement came on a day when an independent adjudicator, Retired Justice Mian Hamid Farooq, upheld the 10-year ban on Test cricketer Nasir Jamshed. Jamshed, who now resides in UK, didn't attend the Tribunal hearings in person, but was represented by his lawyer, who had lodged an appeal against the 10-year ban.

The left-handed opener who once scored three back to back ODI hundreds against India, was found guilty by the PCB's Anti-Corruption Tribunal of spot-fixing, betting, failing to disclose offers of money, accepting offers of bribe, consenting to corruption and encouraging other players -- during the second season of the Pakistan Super League in early 2017.

The Independent Adjudicator found the 10-year ban imposed on Jamshed "perfectly justified". The adjudicator, however, set aside the additional sanctions imposed by the tribunal. "The PCB has and continues to cooperate, assist and coordinate with the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit in respect of investigations related to international cricket," the PCB statement said.

"PCB, in the recent past, has been proactive in uprooting the menace of corruption and has charged and banned numerous cricketers for failing to abide by the Anti-Corruption Code. It stands by that resolve," the statement concluded.

READ: Australian, England Cricket Boards Dismiss Latest Spot-fixing Claims Issued By Al Jazeera

In the wake of these claims, the acquitted cricket boards of Australia and England denied the allegations of corruption imposed against them. The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia stated that there is no credible information linking their players to corruption.