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Pakistan probe finds no match fixing link

April 23, 2007 17:36 IST

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The chairman of the Pakistan probe looking into the national cricket team's dismal World Cup said he found no evidence of match fixing or of any player being linked to the death of coach Bob Woolmer.

Former Test player Ejaz Butt said his committee had questioned players and officials extensively on both issues.

Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup after losing to hosts West Indies and a shocking defeat to minnows Ireland.

Woolmer died on March 18 in Kingston, less than 24 hours after the Ireland loss, and Jamaican police are investigating his death as murder.

"We found no indication or proof that any match fixing took place in the matches that Pakistan lost to West Indies and Ireland," ButtĀ said on Monday.

"At the same time on the issue of Woolmer, all the players and officials were clearly devastated by his death and didn't appear to have any role in his death."

Butt said the committee felt investigators are delaying any announcements on their findings until the World Cup ends on April 28.

The three-member committee also includes Saleem Altaf, the former director cricket operations of the PCB, and Salahuddin Ahmed, the new chief selector.

"The former chairman of the board Shaharyar Khan gave us in writing that he felt spot fixing still took place in cricket but there is no evidence to back up his claim," said Butt.

"Our job is to make our recommendations that ensure we don't have a repeat of our World Cup debacle. The rest is up to the board what they do with it."

World Cup captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, manager Talat Ali and several other players appeared before the committee.


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