2 Pakistan cricketers involved in match-fixing: Butt

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt has revealed that two Pakistani cricketers are involved in match-fixing and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has provided the evidence.

Ijaz Butt said that he cannot tell the names of these cricketers but they are not included in the present team.

Ijaz Butt was speaking at the press conference held here at the Gaddafi Stadium for announcing the names of 30 probable players for the Twenty20 World Cup.

However, when asked about the news regarding wicketkeeper Kamran Akmalís involvement in match-fixing, Ijaz Butt first said that the final meeting of the committee, probing Pakistanís embarrassing defeat on the tour of Australia, will be held in Lahore on Febraury 28 and he would make any comment after the report would come out and then the players included in the probable list may be dropped on recommendation of the enquiry committee.

Replying to further questions on match-fixing, the PCB chairman said he never said that the match-fixing is not done but it is difficult to prove it.

He said that he was amazed to see when the ICC provided the evidence.

When various questions were fired on him, he confirmed that not the officials but players are involved in matchc-fixing but they are not the part of the present team.

Ijaz Butt said that he would not mention the names of these players not event to the standing committees of sports.

However, he said that action has been taken against these players.