Was New Zealand-Pakistan match fixed?

Updated: 06 October 2009 08:52 IST

Pakistani cricketers got the much-needed backing of their Board, which said the players did their best in the Champions Trophy.

Karachi:

Facing allegations of match-fixing from a Parliamentarian, Pakistani cricketers got the much-needed backing of their Board, which said the players did their best in the Champions Trophy.

The Chairman of the National Assembly's standing committee on sports has accused the team of deliberately under-performing against Australia and New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

Talking to PTI, a board spokesman said the team had in fact done well to reach the semifinals of the tournament for the first time.

"The team played well and tried hard it is unfortunate they couldn't qualify for the final which every player wanted to do but they had one bad day against New Zealand," PCB General Manager (Media) Nadeem Sarwar said.

Jamshed Khan Dasti, who heads the NA standing committee on sports, caused a stir in Pakistan cricket last night when he alleged that Pakistan deliberately lost to Australia and New Zealand and that the captain, coach and Chairman of the board would be summoned in next few days by the committee to explain the situation.

But Sarwar said so far the board had received no intimation from the government about the captain, coach and Chairman being required to appear before the committee.

"As far as we are concerned, the team did well in the Champions Trophy and their performance was satisfactory," he said.

Pakistan's former captain Rashid Latif also lashed out at Dasti for making serious allegations without proof.

"I was one of those, who first raised the issue of match fixing in international cricket so I know what I am talking about. I can say the team did its best and played hard in the tournament a few mistakes cost them a place in the final," Latif told PTI.

Latif, who is close to captain Younus Khan said he knew for a fact that the skipper was very disappointed when the failed to make the final.

"I think parliamentarians should first look at the corruption in the government before talking about cricket," he said.

"People tell me a lot of things about some parliamentarians, should I repeat them in public without any evidence? It is unfortunate that when the team needs backing a parliamentarian should make such allegations," Latif said.

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