Latif blames ICC for not keeping PCB in the loop

Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 18:51 PM IST

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has blamed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not sharing information on spot fixing with the country’s cricket board.

Referring to allegations of spot fixing in the thrid ODI between Pakistan and England at Oval, which prompted the ICC into launching an invetigation, Latif said, “As a normal practice if one has information about a crime such as murder beforehand, then he would try and stop it by informing the relevant people.”

“If the ICC had information prior to the (Oval) match, then it should have shared them with the Pakistan team management,” he said.

Latif also said that the PCB was right in expressing disappointment over ICC’s handling of the entire spot-fixing episode. “The ICC is there because of its members and being a full member the PCB should have been given due respect,” he said.

With world cricket rocked by allegations of match fixing, Latif said it’s now upto the ICC to find ways to discourage such practices. “The supreme body (ICC) has to make laws to discourage malpractices in cricket, but new laws such as power play and other fielding restrictions are actually providing players and fixers opportunities to indulge in fancy fixing,” Latif said.

Latif, who is coaching the Afghanistan team in Dubai these days, suggested that the ICC can prevent spot or fancy fixing by delaying live transmission of international matches by at least 30 seconds.

“The ICC has signed a USD 1.15 billion contract for live coverage of 18 events till 2015 and I guarantee that a delay in transmission will be able to prevent fancy fixing at least,” Latif said.

PTI