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Ijaz Butt, PCB asked to pay compensation to England players

Ijaz Butt DubaiLAHORE: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has put strict conditions before the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) while asking its chairman Ijaz Butt to tender an unreserved apology for levelling ‘baseless’ match-fixing charges on the England cricket team after it lost the third ODI to Pakistan at The Oval on Sept 17.

Dawn learnt on Friday that the ECB has not only demanded an unreserved apology but has also dictated the exact words that apology should comprise. Moreover, the apology will be from both the PCB chairman and the PCB, sources further said.

The ECB also demanded from the PCB to pay the legal costs of the case and in addition pay a substantial sum in damages to each member of the England cricket team, personally.

Sources said the PCB chairman was certainly not expecting such harsh reaction from the ECB after he had tried clarifying the basis of his statement.

Ijaz was reported as saying in the press that there was loud and high talk in the bookies’ circle that English players made lot of money for losing the third One-day International against Pakistan on Sept 17.

Soon after his statement, the ECB issued a protest statement against the PCB chairman, asking him to tender an apology.

The PCB chairman, however, preferred to clarify the matter his own way by saying that he had not accused the England players of throwing the game but that was what the bookies had been saying.

Ijaz’s clarification, however, was not accepted by the ECB and a legal notice was sent to the PCB on Thursday. The PCB has decided to respond to the legal notice through its England-based lawyers, Addleshaw Goddard.

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