Asif Iqbal suggests ICC-PCB-ECB committee to resolve `match-fixing` standoff

Islamabad: Former Pakistan Test and Kent county captain Asif Iqbal has suggested that a three-member committee, involving the International Cricket Council (ICC), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), should be constituted to resolve the differences between PCB and its English counterpart.

According to, Asif argued that one organisation should not be made the scapegoat, and there should not be any finger pointing as significant damage had already been done, the Daily Times reported.

"What they need to do is to form a committee of respected people from the International Cricket Council (ICC), PCB, and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Representatives from the three organisations need to sit together and come up with a sensible solution," Asif opined.

He added, "Pakistan cricket has come out very badly from this scenario. The PCB needs to decide the direction in which they are headed. They need to take the proper actions and punish any players that are guilty. It`s important that they stick by their decisions."

A veteran of 68 Tests, Asif thought that PCB chairman Ejaz Butt should not have gone public with his allegations against the English team.

"There are so many more questions that have been raised following Ejaz`s allegation. For example, who are the bookies he`s talking about? Why didn`t Ejaz inform the ICC and give them all the information? When the videos of the sting operation were given to the ICC and the Scotland Yard as evidence of a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers, nobody complained," he noted.

Asif felt the ICC was also wrong when it came to going public with its reports on spot-fixing. "By going public, the ICC has somewhat damaged the reputation of the Pakistan players who played in that particular ODI. What are they going to do if the investigation proves the claims by the newspaper as false? Then the statement by Ejaz didn`t help our cause. This entire affair has been badly managed by both the PCB and the ICC."

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has provisionally suspended Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif over claims that they took money to deliberately bowl no-balls against England at Lord`s last month.