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Pakistans Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has come under stinging criticism from his predecessors for accusing the English players of throwing a match for an enormous amount of cash.


Karachi, Sept 21 : Pakistan's Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has come under stinging criticism from his predecessors for accusing the English players of throwing a match for an "enormous" amount of cash.

Former PCB chief Khalid Mahmood slammed Butt's remarks as "most ridiculous," adding that if he had any evidence, he should have shared them with the English cricket authorities rather than going public, the Dawn reports.

"It is hara-kiri and tantamount to suicide. This will further isolate Pakistan in the cricket world because England, Australia and India are the three most powerful cricketing nations," he noted.

Shaharyar Khan, who was PCB chairman from 2003 to 2006, called on Butt to "take his words back" amid fears that his comments would damage relations between the English and Pakistani boards.

"There is a feeling among officials of other countries that Mr Butt doesn't know much, so I don't think it will do much damage," he said.

Former PCB chief executive Arif Abbasi accused Butt of adopting a "misplaced strategy," as "accusing one country will not help your cause."

"Butt should have talked of the global picture about how corruption is harming the game... Had he said that, he would have got support from other countries, but I am afraid he has done it all wrong and lost support," said Abbasi.

Earlier, in a TV interview, Butt said, "There is loud and clear talk in bookie circle that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose the match... No wonder there was total collapse of the English side."

In a follow-up interview, he denied accusing England players, claiming that he had merely been relaying information from bookmakers relating to the fourth ODI at the Oval.

However, the England Cricket Board (ECB) said it had no comment about Butt's charges.

ANI

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