Pakistan camp furious over fixing report in West Indies

Jul 29, 2013, 00:29 IST | Agencies

British newspaper Daily Mail's report that suspicious betting patterns were identified during the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies recently has angered the Pakistani outfit.

Although no official or player was willing to come on record and dispute the paper’s claims, an official said everyone in the team was angry because of the report. 

“This is getting too much. Every time our team starts doing well or wins a series, these baseless reports come up. There is a lobby that wants to demoralise our players,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.

He claimed the board had told the players to remain focused on their cricket and they would handle the issue.  

The report stated that “concerns were raised, in particular, around the tied third match of the series played in St Lucia on Friday, as well as the final game, which resulted in a last-ball win for Pakistan.”

The second ODI, which saw Pakistan fail to score a run off the bat in the first five overs after being set 233 to win, will also be scrutinised by officers of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the report said.

According to the report, one betting website reported “unusually large sums of money being wagered between innings on a tied result during the third ODI after the West Indies were set 230 to win from 50 overs.”

Pakistan”s former captain, Rashid Latif, who in 1994 blew the whistle on match fixing said the Daily Mail report needed to be taken seriously.

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