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Envoy blames PCB for no communication

Associated Press
Sep 16, 2010 at 12:45pm IST

Islamabad: Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain has accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of lax communication of cricket laws during the match-fixing controversy and a failure to maintain discipline within the team, according to a newspaper report.

Leading English language daily Dawn reported on Thursday that High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan wrote a letter of complaint to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also patron of the PCB.

Hasan said in a two-page letter that the PCB officials "kept the diplomats unaware about the laws of ICC relating to alleged match-fixing."

Envoy blames PCB for lack of communication

Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, wrote a letter of complaint to the Pakistan president.

"The PCB management has not guided the High Commission at any point," Hasan wrote.

The ICC suspended Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir over match-fixing allegations while fourth player Wahab Riaz was questioned by Scotland Yard on Tuesday.

The London police also interrogated Butt, Asif and Amir earlier this month but did not press any criminal charges against them.

Hasan consulted with the three cricketers in London and handled media scrutiny after British tabloid the News of the World revealed footage of an agent allegedly accepting money to organise the players to bowl deliberate no-balls at prearranged times to fix spot-betting markets.

The High Commissioner said the management of the PCB stayed away from the trouble "while the way forward was none other than a diplomatic solution, which worked and resolved the matter to a large extent."

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