England demand full apology for fixing allegations

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday demanded a “full and unreserved apology” from Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Ijaz Butt for his allegations that England players had engaged in match-fixing.

“Mr Butt has been advised that if a satisfactory response is not received, legal proceedings will be commenced against him without further notice,” an ECB statement said.

The threat follows an interview given by Butt to a Pakistan television channel after England lost the third one-day international against Pakistan at the Oval last Friday.

Butt said there had been “loud and clear talk in bookies’ circles that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose [Friday’s] match”.

In a BBC radio interview before Monday’s fourth match at Lord’s, Butt said he had been merely repeating information he had received from bookmakers.


His comments came after the International Cricket Council said it was launching an inquiry into Pakistan’s scoring pattern at the Oval after receiving information from a British newspaper.

Thursday’s ECB statement said a letter from the board and the Professional Cricketers’ Association had been sent to Butt.

“The letter seeks a full and unreserved apology,” the statement said.

Pakistan’s acrimonious tour of England and Wales concluded on Wednesday when England clinched the five-match 50 overs series at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and his team mates Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif had been suspended after an investigation into a newspaper report that they had arranged for no-balls to be deliberately delivered in the fourth test at Lord’s. — Reuters

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

SA justice delays extradition of paedophile to UK

Efforts to bring Lee Nigel Tucker to justice have spanned 16 years and his alleged victims have waited for 30 years

Wheeling and dealing for a Covid-19 vaccine

A Covid-19 jab could cost hundreds of rands. Or not. It’s anyone’s guess. Could another pandemic almost a century ago hold clues for handling the coronavirus today?

Catholic NGO boss accused of racism and abuse in Sudan

The aid worker allegedly called his security guard a ‘slave’

The cost of Covid: 25 years of progress, halted

Development has been set back by two decades, says the Gates Foundation Goalkeepers report

Controls on remittances risk driving financial flows to Somalia underground

The regulations aim to prevent money laundering and financing terror organisations, but implementing them is proving to be difficult

Where do Africans study abroad?

China is becoming the preferred destination for countries such as Ghana and Nigeria
Advertising

Subscribers only

Toxic power struggle hits public works

With infighting and allegations of corruption and poor planning, the department’s top management looks like a scene from ‘Survivor’

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

More top stories

Mboweni plans to freeze public sector wage increases for the...

The mid-term budget policy statement delivered by the finance minister proposes cutting all non-interest spending by R300-billion.

SAA to receive R10.5-billion government bailout after all

Several struggling state-owned entities received extra funds after the medium term budget policy speech

Malawi court judges win global prize

Members of the small African country’s judiciary took a stand for democracy to international approval
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday