ICC clears Pak players of bookie connection slur

Updated: 10 August 2009 14:23 IST

The ACSU of the ICC cleared that Pakistani players of having contacts with suspected Indian bookmakers during their recent Test series against Sri Lanka.

ICC clears Pak players of bookie connection slur

Dubai:

The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council on Monday cleared that Pakistani players of having contacts with suspected Indian bookmakers during their recent Test series against Sri Lanka.

"Following its investigations the ACSU is satisfied that there is absolutely no substance to suggest and no evidence of any such contact exists," the ICC said in a statement.

Younus Khan and his teammates came under suspicion after a report in Pakistan's leading Urdu daily alleged that bookmakers had tried to make contact with the players in their Colombo hotel during the second Test against the islanders.

"I am pleased those investigations have indicated nothing untoward has taken place on this occasion but it is a reminder that all of us - players, officials and supporters - must maintain our vigilance to ensure we remain on top of the issue of corruption," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

Pakistan Cricket Board also welcomed the ICC announcement and said it was a relief for them.

"It is a big weight off the mind because this was a sensitive issue and although we have full faith in our players we wanted this incident to be investigated into by the ACSU as prescribed by the ICC regulations," said Saleem Altaf, PCB's chief operating officer.

He said the PCB had brought the matter to the attention of the ICC as soon as team manager Yawar Saeed had informed them that some players had complained about some suspicious people had tried to invite them for tea and dinner.



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