LONDON: The International Cricket Council ruled Wednesday there was no evidence of corruption in the third one-day international between Pakistan and England last month. Big thanks to International Cricket Board; A statement from the ICC concluded there was “no compelling evidence to suspect individual players or support staff” following an investigation into scoring patterns of the match at the Oval on September 17,2010.
British tabloid The Sun has alleged that the third Pakistan-England was fixed and has reportedly passed on the ‘evidence’ to officials of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. The paper says parts of the match, which Pakistan won by 23 runs, were fixed by Pakistani players.
“The new investigation will centre on suspicious scoring patterns in Pakistan’s innings and on two suspect overs during yesterday’s match at The Oval,” a report in the paper’s Saturday edition says.
Earlier News of the World newspaper has claimed trio of Pakistan Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Amir and Salman Butt were involved in spot fixing in England series.
“We have zero tolerance as far as corruption in the game is concerned” is the view of the ICC. One only hopes that they stick to their viewpoint and take severe steps if the players are found guilty. There should be no two ways about it.
Input from Agencies