PCB surprised by demands of probe over Colombo bookie issue

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Lahore, Aug.2 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is surprised by the controversy regarding presence of alleged bookies in the team hotel in Colombo and demands of probe into the issue.

A statement issued by the PCB said it has nothing to do with the reports of match-fixers trying to make contact with Pakistani cricketers in Colombo, and that it can not investigate the issue because such an exercise is out of its domain.

"Match fixing in all the ICC matches are monitored by ICC under the supervision of Lord Condon. Currently there are one or two senior staff of ICC in Sri Lanka ensuring complete control over the match-fixing. How does PCB come into this matter?" the statement said.

Referring to demands of former PCB chairman Lieutenant General (retired) Tauqir Zia and former chief selector Abdul Qadir to initiate a probe into the issue, the statement said it was surprising to see board's former officials asking for such a thing.

"It is very surprising to note the statement by General Tauqir and Qadir regarding match-fixing in Colombo. Maybe, Qadir is not aware of the control mechanism for match-fixing, but we are sure General Tauqir would be aware of the match-fixing controls," The Nation quoted the statement, as saying.

It may recalled that Zia had asked the board to carry out an independent inquiry into the issue.I think it is best if the PCB carried out independent investigation to find out who these people were so that speculations could be laid to rest and we don't have more match-fixing rumours," said Zia.

Qadir had also raised questions over contradictory statements being made by captain Younis Khan and team manager Yawar Saeed over the issue.

"Younis is saying something else and Yawar the opposite which itself is suspicious to me. The board must hold an inquiry and find out the facts of this whole incident," Qadir said.

PCB chief, Ijaz Butt had admitted that there were some outsiders present on the same floor on which the Pakistan team was staying in Colombo during the Test series

Butt said the issue was a closed chapter now as it was sorted out then and there, after the 'outsiders' were shifted to another floor following team manager Yawar Saeed's intervention.

"Our team manager learnt of something that was not right and immediately set the matter right and it is closed now," Butt told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has refused to comment on the issue, saying its Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) is aware about it.

Sources said ACU security officer Ravi Swami, who is in India, was looking into the incident. (ANI)

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