‘Livid’ PCB boss Butt accuses ECB of being ‘biased’ against Pak in spot-fixing scam

September 21st, 2010 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Sept 21 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has accused the England & Wales Cricket Board of being biased in the spot-fixing investigation that has engulfed the Pakistan team, and has threatened to sue those behind the “sinister conspiracy.”

“This is biased thinking. This is biased view. This is biased action taken by some of the people,” the Daily Times quoted Butt, as angrily saying.

Butt claimed the ECB had sent a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC), which suggested that the match-fixing allegations pertained solely to Pakistan.

“We have started an in-house investigation and we will book everybody who has done this. They said they will sue me. I will sue them. This is something totally wrong,” he said angrily, while also accusing the ICC of suspending Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer without evidence.

In an interview, Butt said the ICC’s handling of the investigation was “terrible,” and that its chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, should be fired.

“I think he should resign or the ICC consider sacking him,” said Butt, adding, “He should apologise to me, to the players and remove suspensions.”

Commenting on reports that Scotland Yard had passed on initial evidence to prosecutors for considering charges, he said, “How have they come to this conclusion? There has been no investigation. This is not fair. This is definitely a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket.”

Pointing out that “half our team is destroyed,” he said, “We are preparing for the World Cup. Maybe there are some countries that don’t want us to play in the World Cup. This is wrong. We will look into the conspiracy and definitely, definitely, definitely take action.”

However, he said that if any of the Pakistani players were proven to have been involved in wrongdoing, the PCB would “throw the book at the them.”

The trio- Butt, Asif and Aamer- were suspended under the ICC’s anti-corruption code after allegations of spot-fixing in the fourth test against England at Lord’s. (ANI)

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