We’ll seriously probe match-fixing reports: Pak Senator

A Pak Senator reaffirms Senate Standing Committee on Sports would be looking seriously into allegations about some cricketers’ involvement in match-fixing.

Lahore: A Pakistani senator Humayun Akhtar
on Saturday reaffirmed that the Senate Standing Committee on Sports
would be looking seriously into the allegations about some
cricketers involvement in match-fixing.

"I stand by what the Senate committee has said earlier
that we feel the Pakistan Cricket Board is duty bound to let
the people know the truth about match-fixing in the national
team," Akhtar said after a visit to the Gaddafi stadium here.

Akhtar is a member of the Senate committee whose chairman
Ghaffar Qureshi, after a meeting with PCB officials last
month, had told the media that they had been shown enough
evidence to suggest some players were involved in

"At that meeting we were shown video clips and the
sentence `Below par performance` was used regularly by board
officials. When we asked them what did they mean by `Below par
performance`, they told us we should draw our own
conclusions," Akhtar said.

He made it clear that the Senate committee had for the
time being put on hold a relentless pursuit of the truth on
the matter because of the Twenty20 World Cup.

"But once the team returns home we will be calling them
to look into this serious matter," the Senator said.

Akhtar pointed out that even in the report of PCB`s own
inquiry committee that has been leaked out in the media, some
of the officials appearing before the committee claimed there
was creditable evidence to suggest match-fixing had taken

"What does Intikhab Alam mean when he says Rana Naved`s
integrity was `80 per cent doubtful`?, he questioned.

Akhtar and other members of a sub-committee of the senate
standing committee visited the Gaddafi stadium to look into a
scandal surrounding the construction and upgradation of a new

The PCB has refused to allow further work on the project,
claiming there were issues involved in the approval given for
the project by former chairman of the board Nasim Ashraf.

But Akhtar said what they had seen it appeared as if the
PCB set up is inefficient.

"The construction company Metco claims that the PCB has
refused to clear outstanding dues of around Rs 8 crore
they spent on the project and other projects of the board. We
have today told the PCB to sort out this issue in 15 days time
or the senate committee will decide on it itself," he said.


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