ICC probe into match fixing allegations routine exercise: PCB
Lahore: ICC`s probe into match-fixing allegations during Pakistan`s tour of Australia early this year is just a routine exercise and not much should be read into it, PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt said on Sunday.
ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chief Paul Condon had said in London on Thursday that the ACSU was probing if match-fixing played any part in Pakistan`s tour of Australia but Butt said it was just a routine exercise done in every series between any two countries.
"It (ICC`s probe) is a matter of routine practice looked into every series played anywhere in the world. If the ICC had found anything suspicious on the Australian tour they would have informed us and called for action," Butt told reporters after the meeting of the PCB Governing Council here.
"It is the job of the ICC anti-corruption and security unit to see that the sport remains free of corruption and all member Boards support their efforts, he said.
"I have said it before there is no match fixing taking place in our team and nor have we found any evidence that any player is involved," he added.
Butt was also scathing in his attack on Pakistan Senators for their criticism that the Board had not done enough to take action against players allegedly involved in match-fixing during the Australian tour.
"How can anyone make such accusations without having any proof of match fixing taking place? If the Senators have any direct evidence that there is match fixing in the team they should show it because the Board has not shown them or given them anything in this context," Butt said.
"If the Senators had inferred something from watching the inquiry committee proceedings, it was their point of view. But, we have found no evidence of match fixing on Australian tour," said the former Test player.
Butt said the Senators had some misunderstanding with regard to the Board over the payment of extra dues to a construction company that carried out construction work of a new pavilion building at the Gaddafi stadium.
The PCB chief informed that the inquiry committee that looked into the team`s poor performance in Australia had under its terms of reference taken steps to penalise player for indiscipline and violating the code of conduct.
Butt said the Governing Council approved the budget for the fiscal year 2009 which would now be sent to the ICC as per their terms and conditions for all member countries.