Reacting sharply to a British newspaper report that the India-Pakistan semifinal during the 2011 World Cup may have been fixed,the ICC has dismissed the claim as spurious. The ICC also dismissed claims that it was investigating the match.
The story carried by the newspaper,in which it has claimed that the ICC is investigating the World Cup 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan,is baseless and misleading, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. The ICC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match.
It is indeed sad for spurious claims to be made which only serve to cause doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful World Cups ever, Lorgat said.
The BCCI,meanwhile,has declined to comment on the report published in the Sunday Times. BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla,who is also the IPL chairman,said unless they received something concrete from the ICC or any agency,they will not comment on the issue.
Meanwhile,crime branch sleuths have also got into the act,looking for clues to ascertain whether claims by Gurgaon-based bookie Vicky Seth have any truth,even though Delhi police have not been officially asked to probe the allegations.
Report not credible: PCB
Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board has said it would not give any credibility to the report unless the ICCs Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) took up the issue and contacted it.
The report only becomes creditable to us if the ICC steps into the scene and contacts us and takes us into confidence the allegations made by this bookmaker, a senior PCB official said. So far the ICC has said nothing to us and already this bookmaker is threatening to sue the newspaper for different reasons.
The official said when it came to dealing with sensitive issues like match fixing and spot fixing one had to take the evidence on board. Without any solid evidence we are not going to give any credibility to this report. Let us see what evidence this newspaper can produce in future to back the claims made by the bookmaker, he said.
The official pointed out that the PCB was already alert about such things and had taken number of steps after the 2010 spot-fixing scandal to clean up the sport in Pakistan.