LONDON: Fresh allegations of spot-fixing by Pakistan players following Friday's third one-day international against England appear to be false, Pakistan Cricket Board legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi said on Saturday.
"At this stage we don't believe these latest allegations that our players did any fixing in the third one-day match against England," Rizvi said.
"We feel at this stage these allegations appear unfounded."
Several Pakistani officials criticised the ICC for making its investigation public before anything was proved and said there was a conspiracy to put pressure on the team.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said it would meet on Saturday to discuss the investigation. Pakistan won the third game in the five-match series by 23 runs at the Oval.
Rizvi said the latest allegations did not weaken the case of the three suspended players.
"After these investigations are over we are definitely considering filing damages against newspapers who have made these allegations," Rizvi said.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi told the Geo Super channel that he was surprised by the reports.
"I just get this feeling there is an attempt to bring the team under pressure. If anyone has any evidence that there was anything wrong in the match it should be presented first before allegations are made. It adds to the pressure on the players," Afridi said.
Iqbal Mohammad, the chairman of the National Assembly standing committee on sports, asked why the ICC had not reacted once it had prior information that there would be spot-fixing.
"I get this feeling now there is a definite conspiracy to damage and isolate Pakistan cricket," he said.
"Without anything being proven first I don't understand what prompted the ICC to issue a press release."
Sports Minister Aijaz Jakhrani said the government would not take action unless there was clear evidence against a player.
"The ICC has the power and an anti-corruption unit and they should go ahead and use that," Jakhrani told an Indian news channel. "If they get any proof then we will definitely look into it."