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Malik, Kamran, Kaneria allowed more time to answer queries

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed former skipper Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to submit their replies to the integrity committee’s queries by the end of this month after the three players requested the PCB to extend the deadline for the same.

Malik, Kamran, Kaneria allowed more time to answer queriesWell-informed sources told Dawn on Saturday that the three players who are facing an inquiry about their suspect role in match-fixing scams had requested for more time to answer the sensitive queries regarding record of their moveable and immovable properties and about their activities other than cricket, etc.

“Accepting their request, the PCB allowed them to submit the replies any time before the end of December. In view of the same the PCB also requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to extend the date for submission of the list of 30 probables for the World Cup — from Dec 19 to some time in January.

“It is learnt that the ICC has extended the date now to Jan 5,” the sources confirmed.

Sources disclosed that the PCB had earlier remained tight-lipped about the reasons of sidelining the three cricketers from the South Africa and New Zealand series because they were awaiting a final clearance on the initial list of 40 probables sent to the ICC.

But since the ICC later changed its policy and instead of taking the burden of excluding any player due to his suspect role and asked the PCB to do this job itself, the cricket board decided to make its own inquiries before short-listing the probables for the World Cup.

The ICC has also issued strict instructions to the PCB that it will be held totally responsible for selecting any player who has a dubious record vis-à-vis the match-fixing saga.

Interestingly, while the ICC extended the date of submission of World Cup probables list to Jan 5 on PCB’s request, the hearing of the spot-fixing cases of Salman, Aamir and Asif in Doha, Qatar is set to be held on Jan 6.

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