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Ijaz Butt withdraws match-fixing allegations

Ijaz Butt, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has withdrawn his allegations of match-fixing directed towards the England cricket team.

Butt had sparked fury among the England camp after he suggested that they had deliberately lost the third one-day international of the recent series, but after a meeting with the ECB chairman Giles Clarke and chief executive David Collier he was forced to apologise. However he insists that his comments were represented, saying that it was ‘regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comments’.

‘I wish personally and on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board to withdraw the comments I made concerning the England and Wales Cricket Board and each of the England players who played in the NatWest one-day international at the Brit Insurance Oval on Friday 17 September,’ said Butt.

‘I would like to make it quite clear that in the statements which I made, I never intended to question the behaviour and integrity of the England players nor the ECB nor to suggest that any of them were involved in any corrupt practices or in a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket.

‘In particular, I wish to make it clear that I have never seen any evidence of any wrong doing by any England player or the ECB at any time. I deeply and sincerely regret that my statements have been interpreted to cast doubt upon the good names of the England players and the ECB and hope that this public withdrawal will draw a line under the matter.’

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