Saturday, September 18, 2010

Never Learning A Lesson.

I think the title is very apt for this time, how long ago was the test match, a couple of weeks?

The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into Friday's third One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has revealed the match, which Pakistan won by 23 runs, featured "a certain scoring pattern" that warranted further investigation.

The ICC probe has been triggered in response to a report by The Sun newspaper, which claimed on Saturday it has evidence that shows bookmakers knew details of the Pakistan innings before the match had begun.

"Following information received by the ICC from a British newspaper and its source, the ICC now believes a full investigation is warranted," an ICC statement read.

Lorgat added: "A source informed The Sun newspaper that a certain scoring pattern would emerge during certain stages of the match and, broadly speaking, that information appeared to be correct.

"We therefore feel it is incumbent upon us to launch a full enquiry into this particular game although it is worth pointing out at this stage that we are not stating as fact that anything untoward has occurred. Only in the fullness of the investigation can that be established.

"We thank The Sun newspaper for its information and cooperation in this regard and we will work with its staff and sources to ensure the full truth surrounding this match is ascertained.

"The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and, as a matter of course, follows up on all credible information that is received, whatever the source. Any player or official found guilty of an offence will face the full rigour of our robust Anti-Corruption Code so that we can ensure the integrity of the sport is maintained."

The investigation is yet more bad news for the beleaguered Pakistan team, who have been under the spotlight this summer amid allegations of 'spot-fixing' against members of the touring party.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have all been questioned by police over an alleged plot to purposefully ball no-balls during last month's Test series while a fourth player - seamer Wahab Riaz - was also interviewed by the authorities on Tuesday.

All deny any wrongdoing.

Its clearing an embedded thing in the team. It'll never change, because it seems they dont know anything else. I mean FFS if youve been caught two weeks ago I would have thought that you'd learn. Obviously not - and IMO if theyre doing it so close to that, it'll just never stop.

At least its not match fixing, but it makes you wonder are they even thinking of winning the match or winning the money during certain overs.

Its also worth remembering during the NOTW story, they said that they had already agreed for two games during the ODI series. I wouldnt say the illegal bookies do refunds or money back specials..!


  1. Pak's best bowlers banned, they try to not score at certain times and they still manage to win. Makes you wonder how good they'd be if they always played to win.

  2. Would be one of the best sides in the world IMO.