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England match-fix claims withdrawn

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has withdrawn his allegations that England players deliberately lost the third one-day international against Pakistan earlier this month in return for money.

Butt alleged that the England players had "accepted enormous amounts of money" following the match at the Brit Oval, which England lost by 23 runs.

The England players and management strongly refuted the claims and demanded and apology from Butt as they assessed their legal options.

The PCB chairman arrived in London this week to meet English officials and this evening released a statement in conjunction with the ECB, in which he withdrew his "misunderstood" comments.

"I wish personally and on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board to withdraw the comments I made concerning the England and Wales Cricket Board and each of the England players who played in the NatWest one-day international at the Brit Insurance Oval on Friday 17 September," the statement read.

"It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comments.

"I would like to make it quite clear that in the statements which I made I never intended to question the behaviour and integrity of the England players nor the ECB nor to suggest that any of them were involved in any corrupt practices or in a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket.

"In particular, I wish to make it clear that I have never seen any evidence of any wrongdoing by any England player or the ECB at any time.

"I deeply and sincerely regret that my statements have been interpreted to cast doubt upon the good names of the England players and the ECB and hope that this public withdrawal will draw a line under the matter."


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