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PCB chairman rejects corruption allegations

September 20, 2010 00:05 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt rejected on Sunday allegations of corruption in the third one-day international against England and said he felt there was a conspiracy against the national team.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating Friday's match at the Oval after receiving information from a British newspaper alleging a suspicious scoring pattern in Pakistan's innings. Pakistan won by 23 runs.

"We won the match and we are under suspicion. England lost, their players should be investigated," Butt told Duniya television.

"You don't lose a match if you are doing fixing. We have co-operated so far with all this investigation but after the third ODI we get this feeling it is not a conspiracy to defraud bookies but to defraud Pakistan cricket," he added.

The ICC investigation follows its decision to suspend test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif after a newspaper report that they had arranged for no-balls to be deliberately delivered in the fourth Test against England at Lord's.

"You can't fix a match by bowling three no-balls," Butt said.

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