The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is disturbed by the allegations of corruption surrounding the third ODI and expressed its regret at the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s for not consulting over the latter’s decision to launch an investigation.
The ICC decided to investigate Friday’s match at The Oval after being tipped off by a newspaper prior to the start that bookmakers were aware of some of the scoring patterns that eventually occurred during the play.
The ICC announced its decision to investigate, it became clear that the PCB had not been informed by the ICC, initially the board chairman Ijaz Butt, the captain Shahid Afridi and team manager Yawar Saeed refused to comment on the story because, they said, they had not been updated on the details.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board is extremely perturbed by the recent allegations of corruption in the third ODI between England and Pakistan,” espn.co.uk quoted the statement.
“The PCB regrets the way these allegations have been handled as, being a full member of the ICC, it only came to know through the media that investigations would be conducted by the ICC. The PCB feels the ICC should repose more confidence in its members and further condemns sensationalizing of these allegations which are harming cricket in general and Pakistan in particular.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) held a special board meeting earlier in the day after which it decided the tour would go on, as no “sustentative evidence” had been provided to it or the Pakistan board.
Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, wrote to the ICC asking for further evidence and the PCB has followed suit. “The ICC has been requested by PCB through its counsel to furnish more details into these allegations.”
This isn’t the first time the PCB has disagreed with the ICC since the controversy began during the Lord’s Test last month.
The ICC’s decision to suspend Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, the three players at the centre of the initial spot- fixing controversy was criticised as being hasty with investigations still underway.
At a press conference in Lahore, Butt said both the board and Scotland Yard felt the police investigations should have been completed before the ICC began its own inquiry.