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Waqar Younis quashes match-fixing claims

Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis Friday brushed apart British tabloid claims of match-fixing towards his workforce of their six-wicket defeat within the third one-day worldwide towards England in Sharjah earlier this week. British tabloid Every day Mail alleged the match on Tuesday was underneath investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) over uncommon patterns of betting.

The newspaper claimed the investigators have been tipped off earlier than the match that Pakistan would underperform within the recreation and that three run-outs, informal dismissals of batsmen and sloppy fielding have been suspicious. Pakistan have been bowled out for 208 on a flat pitch, with skipper Azhar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik run out. Requested whether or not he was conscious of the allegations, Waqar stated: “I’m not conscious of that, however I’ve been listening to about this right here and there about this however I’m very clear concerning the Pakistan workforce and the boys. There’s nothing incorrect with the sport.”

England chased down the goal after being ninety three-four at one stage for a six- wicket win to take a 2-1 lead. They took the fourth and remaining match on Friday by eighty four runs for a three-1 collection win. Waqar stated Pakistan’s defeat in Sharjah had been unlucky.

“Sure, we misplaced the sport. You lose and win video games, and it is unlucky the best way the entire thing occurred however I’ve no doubts in my boys and I’m very glad.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan had raised doubts over the Sharjah match with tweets which have been later deleted. “three run outs and some iffy photographs for Pakistan … By no means seen that earlier than,” tweeted Vaughan earlier than including: “They need to assume we’re silly. I hate the very fact we watch cricket with a lot suspicions … it should not be that approach.”

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan criticised Vaughan for his tweets. “I feel he has given a really flawed assertion,” stated Khan on Friday. “It’s extremely fallacious and it is necessary to provide our response and we’ll increase this matter with the ICC. Though he later deleted these tweets, the injury was achieved.”

Pakistan have been embroiled in fixing scandals up to now with former captain Salim Malik banned for all times in 2000. Australian trio Shane Warne, Tim Might and Mark Waugh had alleged Malik provided them bribes to underperform on a tour to Pakistan in 1995 — allegations which pressured the Pakistan authorities to provoke a judicial inquiry. The inquiry additionally fined six different gamers together with Waqar, present bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed and tempo legend Wasim Akram.

Pakistan was once more rocked in 2010 when then captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been caught in a spot-fixing scandal on the tour to England. All three have been banned for 5 years and in addition jailed. Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria can also be serving a life ban in a spot-fixing case in a county match in 2010.

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