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Sep 20, 2010 at 04:30pm IST

PCB chief denies England 'fix' claim

London: Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt denied accusing England players of match-fixing on Monday after earlier suggesting they may have thrown a one-day international for "enormous" sums of cash.

In an interview with BBC Radio Five Live, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman said he had merely been relaying information from bookmakers relating to England's one-day defeat to Pakistan at the Oval on Friday.

"I have never said this. If you listen to the full tape of the interview given to the news channel, the bookies are saying this. I am not saying this," Butt said.

PCB chief denies England 'fix' claim

Earlier PCB chairman Ijaz Butt suggested that some English players may have thrown the third ODI at the Oval for "enormous" sums of cash.

Asked about mounting calls for the remaining two matches in the series -- at Lord's on Monday and Southampton on Wednesday -- to be cancelled, Butt said he wanted the games to go ahead.

"If they (the England and Wales Cricket Board) want to scrap it they can scrap it, we will go ahead with it," Butt told the BBC.

Earlier, Butt triggered uproar late on Sunday in an interview a television news channel where he linked England's cricketers to match-fixing.

"There is loud and clear talk in bookie circles that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose the (Oval) match," Butt said.

The third ODI between England and Pakistan is under the ICC scanner after some irregularities were reported by a British newspaper.

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