England players were paid to lose against Pak: Butt

Karachi: In a sensational verbal attack on England`s cricketers, PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has said that instead of Pakistani players, Andrew Strauss` men should be probed as some of them were "paid enormous amounts of money" to lose the under-investigation ODI at the Oval.

"There is loud and clear talk in the bookies circle that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose the match," he told reporters.

"No wonder there was a total collapse of the English side. We won the match and we are under suspicion. England lost, their players should be investigated.”

"A team that wins a match does not fix it," he fumed while talking to a local TV channel here.

Butt reiterated that allegations of spot-fixing against Pakistani players are part of a conspiracy to defame the team.

"There are rumours in the bookmaking circle about English players betting. They say there is a conspiracy to defraud the bookies, we think this is a conspiracy to defraud Pakistan cricket.”

"There is a conspiracy going on against us and we are also now holding out own inquiry and we will soon expose those behind this. We will also be lodging a protest with the ICC for not taking us into confidence before announcing they were investigating the third ODI," Butt said.

Butt also criticised the ICC for its handling of the matter, saying that the governing body should have at least informed the PCB before going public with its decision to launch an investigation into the Oval match.

The ICC ordered a probe after a British tabloid passed on information that the scoring patterns during Pakistan`s innings were similar to the ones determined by bookies in India and UAE.