PCB waiting ICC response on CA statement on corruption

Lahore: The PCB is still waiting for a response from the ICC on the letter it sent to the world body over the statement made by Cricket Australia chief executive which blamed Pakistan for not doing enough to curb corruption in cricket.

"The ICC has still not sent us a reply to our letter in which we asked them to inquire into the statement made by James Sutherland recently," a senior PCB official said.

"Maybe because of the Easter holidays the offices are closed but we have asked the ICC to look into this issue as we have taken it very seriously," chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said.

CA Chief Executive James Sutherland in a recent interview to an Australian newspaper said that he did not believe that the PCB had done enough to implement the recommendations of the Justice Malik Qayyum report in 2000 on match-fixing in Pakistan cricket.

Sutherland had said that if the PCB had done enough the spot-fixing scandal last year involving Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir could have been avoided. The PCB official said the Board wanted the ICC to inquire from CA about the statement and find out on what grounds Sutherland had made it.

"The PCB has been in the forefront of fighting corruption in cricket and we have taken measures to discipline players. So Sutherland?s statement came as a surprise to us," he said. Subhan said that the PCB would also take up the matter at the next ICC meeting scheduled in June in Hong Kong.

He said that the PCB had avoided direct interaction with CA on the matter and wanted the ICC to look it.

Butt, Aamir and Asif were all banned for a minimum of five years in February by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the England tour last year.

All three have appealed against their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland.