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International Cricket Council chief talks on betting scandal

09-01-2010 10:30 BJT

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A spot betting scandal continues to rock the sport of Cricket. International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the troubles surrounding the Pakistani team left him almost speechless on Tuesday.

A British newspaper reported on Sunday, that Pakistan's bowlers were paid to deliberately bowl no-balls on Thursday's opening day of the fourth test against England at Lord's. Pakistan captain Salman Butt, opening bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were implicated.

Haroon Lorgat said, "Very, very disappointed. I guess... I'm at a loss for words to describe how not just myself but every loving cricketer and fan of this wonderful sport will be feeling right now."

Police confiscated Amir's, Asif's and Butt's mobile phones. They also searched hotel rooms and questioned players late Saturday, as part of an investigation also involving the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.

Haroon Lorgat said, "We've got a very good database of those known corrupt individuals, which we advise players to be wary of and to stay away from...We've got some very strong measures in place, we've long had a view of an absolute zero-tolerance approach to anti-corruption and we will pursue this to the end."

Pakistani and ICC officials will meet to decide if the implicated players should be suspended from the two Twenty20 games and five one-day internationals against England starting Sunday. Interior Minister Rehman Malik says the people of Pakistan should wait for the outcome of investigations before judging anybody who has been implicated, but promised that all necessary action would be taken against any player found guilty.

International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the troubles surrounding the Pakistani team left him almost speechless on Tuesday.
International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the 
troubles surrounding the Pakistani team left him almost speechless on 

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: CNTV.CN

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