Strauss for calm against Pak players

London: England skipper Andrew Strauss is determined to see that his players do not harbour any ill-feeling against Pakistan in the wake of spot-fixing scandal, when the two countries meet for a series in January.

Several British players such as Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have made their resentment public in the backdrop of the spot-fixing scandal, in which three Pakistani cricketers were found guilty and sentenced for varied terms.

Off-spinner Swann has revealed in his autobiography that England players wanted nothing to do with the Pakistan side (in 2010 tour) and that the situation was "vile."

Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad had said that they felt uncomfortable staying in the same hotel as Pakistan during the World Cup.

"Strauss himself has described corruption as a "cancer" in cricket, but will try to make sure his players remain focused on beating Pakistan without distractions. He will hold a team meeting at the start of the tour in the New Year and spell out the need to avoid any simmering rifts," a media report said.

A team insider said England will try to treat the series as "business as usual", the report in `Sun` added.

England are scheduled to play three-Tests, four one-dayers and three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.


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