Life Ban for Bribed Cricketers

Life Ban for Bribed Cricketers

Post by Rahul Chandra » Thu, 23 Feb 1995 05:01:10

 Pakistan players facing life bans after 'most serious' allegations

 By Peter Deeley

 JAVED BURKI, chairman of Pakistan's ad hoc cricket board, admitted
 last night that allegations of attempted match-fixing by the country's
 players were "most serious" after he had been presented with evidence
 in the hands of the International Cricket Council.

 Burki had just been given copies of statements provided by Australian
 players following their tour of Pakistan last autumn. In London
 earlier he met David Richards, chief executive of the ICC, who are
 carrying out their own investigations.

 Apart from agreeing that the private meeting was "constructive", few
 details were made public, but Burki said as he left Lord's that he was
 confident the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan "will take
 swift action on the allegations".

 Burki will summon a meeting of PCCB members when he returns to the
 board headquarters in Lahore this week. If the allegations are
 substantiated the board could take Draconian measures against the
 players named.

 The ICC are still refusing to reveal the precise allegations

 At the most extreme this could include lifetime bans from all
 international cricket. The ICC are still refusing to reveal the
 precise allegations or which players are named in the dossiers which
 were forwarded to their Lord's headquarters by the Australian Cricket

 But it is known that Australian spinners Tim May and Shane Warne have
 claimed they were approached before the first Test in Karachi last
 September and offered money to "bowl poorly". Pakistan won by one
 wicket but both say they rejected the bribes.

 Mark Waugh has also said he was offered money to throw away his wicket
 in the game. He scored 20 and 61 but says he refused to listen to the
 would-be briber.

 In a separate incident, Dean Jones has told how he was approached by a
 bookmaker's agent during a tour of Sri Lanka in 1993 and offered
 payment if he would pass on details of the strengths and weaknesses of
 various sides.

 Former Australian captain Allan Border has alleged that he was offered
 #500,000 by former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad to lose the
 Edgbaston Test during the last tour of England. Mushtaq says it was a

 Sarfraz has been at the heart of various *** allegations

 At the weekend Sarfraz Nawaz, the former Pakistan Test bowler who is
 now a sports adviser to the Pakistan government, said some players
 were bribed to lose the 1992 one-day international at Trent Bridge,
 which England won by 198 runs.

 Sarfraz has been at the heart of various *** allegations against
 some members of the present Pakistan team. He revealed that the
 present manager, Intikhab Alam, and the then captain, Imran Khan, had
 had to forestall threats of a betting coup in a game against India in

 He was instrumental in getting a federal government anti-corruption
 squad to investigate suggestions of match-fixing and maintains that
 current Test players' telephones have been tapped and bank accounts
 scrutinised during the probe.

 Salim Malik, the Pakistan captain, has strongly refuted allegations
 that he was involved in attempted ***. I understand that Burki
 asked the ICC why the Pakistan authorities had not been informed of
 the Australian allegations for three months and then not until the
 matter had been leaked to the media.

 The view within the Pakistan board is that someone is attempting to
 destabilise their power and the standing of the team - and that that
 person may well be close to the government of Prime Minister Benazir