Ajmal sees no evidence to support the claims that the match was fixed
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has dismissed fresh claims by a British journalist that the national team’s match against arch-rivals India during the semi-final of the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup was fixed.
Ajmal stated that this was being brought up since the two nations will be playing their first series since 2007, despite it consisting of only ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.
Speaking exclusively on the Duniya news channel, Ajmal said: “I think these allegations are being made now to just spoil our coming tour to India. There is no substance to the story. I played in the semi final and I know how every player fought tooth and nail in it, but if there is any truth in that the match was fixed how come even after such a long time no one has been able to show any evidence. This issue is being raised again to derail our series in India.”
According to the journalist, he received a message from an Indian bookie, who fairly accurately predicted the outcome of the match, which India won.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have already announced that there is no evidence to suggest the match was fixed.
The then ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat had said: “The ICC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match. It is indeed sad for spurious claims to be made which only serve to cause doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful ICC Cricket World Cups ever.”
However, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt believes that the board should consider discussing the matter with the ICC more thoroughly.
Speaking exclusively to PTI, Butt said: “I am no longer the Chairman and it is not right for me to say anything now but I think the current Chairman should take up this issue with the ICC, it is a fact that few weeks after the match was played they were lot of allegations made but nothing concrete came up from anywhere. Not even the ICC said anything about it.”
Current PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf refused to comment on the situation, stating that he was not in charge of the board at the time of the incident.