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    Eight cricketers fined for match-fixing

    Eight cricketers fined for match-fixing
    ISLAMABAD, May 24: Upholding all the recommendations of one-man judicial commission of Justice Malik Qayyum, Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday slammed life ban on Salim Malik, Ataur Rehman and fined six other cricketers, including four of the current Pakistan squad from Rs300,000 to Rs 100,000.
    All the contents of the recommendations will be applied forthwith and the cricketers implicated could move the court if they so wished.
    Malik has also been fined one million rupees and cannot take part in any activity relating to cricket, the report said.

    Former captain Wasim Akram would be fined 300,000 rupees and stripped of the captaincy, the report suggested. Leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed was under allegations of match fixing and was fined 300,000 rupees.

    Four other players, Waqar Yunis, Akram Raza, Saeed Anwar and Inzamamul Haq, were fined 100,000 rupees each.

    Speaking at a crowded press conference, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ad hoc Committee, Lt Gen Tauqir Zia made
    the long-awaited match-fixing and betting report public with a five-page summary admitting that the issue was a global reality.
    However, the chairman said that no planned betting and match-fixing had been found in Pakistan team but a few players had been
    found implicated at individual level.

    The chairman, who met President Rafiq Tarar at the presidency on Wednesday morning, said that the report had the blessing of both, the patron of PCB President Tarar as well as the chief executive Gen Pervez Musharraf.

    The chairman applauded the trying efforts put in by Justice Qayyum in completing the report and maintained that not a word of the report had been tampered with. Changes in the PCB set up, change in the government and resolving the legal framework of the report were given as the three reasons for delay in making the report public.

    The entire 149-page report will be made public through the Pakistan Cricket Board web-site starting at 10.00pm.

    The chairman clarified that the current members of the Pakistan team, Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed, Waqar Younis and
    Inzamamul Haq will continue to play as the Commission has recommended cash penalties against them and has not suspended them
    from cricket.

    The report recommends criminal proceedings against Salim Malik apart from cash penalty. Salim Malik was acquitted of all charges
    by Farrukhuddin G. Ibrahim in his inquiry in Oct 1995 following allegations from Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May for lack
    of evidence since the Australian cricketers refused to come to Pakistan and testify. However, an interim report by judge Ejaz
    Yousuf implicated Malik but being an exparte inquiry providing no chance to the accused the investigation was abandoned.

    The report states that there were sufficient grounds to cast strong doubt on Mushtaq Ahmed, but the Commission failed to make a
    finding of guilt to the requisite standard. It was stated that Mushtaq be kept under strict vigilance and a supplementary inquiry has been recommended against him besides Rs300,000 cash penalty.

    Former captain Wasim Akram has failed to co-operate with the Commission, and the suspicious circumstances under which Ataur
    Rehman changed his testimony gave Wasim benefit of doubt. However, removal from captaincy, strict vigilance and further probe
    into his assets acquired through cricketing tenure was recommended. Wasim has been fined Rs300,000.

    Waqar Younis, Inzamamul Haq and Saeed Anwar have been penalized and it was stated that these cricketers were withholding
    information. The report does not mention the names of Ejaz Ahmed or Saqlain Mushtaq.

    The chairman said that PCB was preparing its own recommendations, which are in the process of being finalised, However, one thing that has been agreed upon is zero-tolerance to any such behaviour and anyone found guilty would be dealt with severely.
    Before reading from a five-page summary, Gen Tauqir gave a background to the whole episode. He also mentioned the infamous
    bodyline series, sledging, ball tampering etc. as the other sour areas of international cricket.

    Gen Tauqir said that the Commission dealt with the issue involved at length and in this regard questioned a total of 54 witnesses
    including cricketers, officials, journalists, Australian cricketers etc. thoroughly before finalising is recommendations. In the report, the Commission's finding is that there was no planned betting and match-fixing by the team as such. Thus, on the whole, the team is
    cleared of blame and as a whole the players of the Pakistan cricket team declared innocent. However, doubts of varying intensity have been cast on the integrity of some members of the team in their individual capacity.

    The report does not mention the names of Ejaz Ahmed or Saqlain Mushtaq.

    The chairman said that PCB was preparing its own recommendations, which are in the process of being finalised, However, one thing that has been agreed upon is zero-tolerance to any such behaviour and anyone found guilty would be dealt with severely.
    Before reading from a five-page summary, Gen Tauqir gave a background to the whole episode. He also mentioned the infamous
    bodyline series, sledging, ball tampering etc. as the other sour areas of international cricket.
    Gen Tauqir said that the Commission dealt with the issue involved at length and in this regard questioned a total of 54 witnesses
    including cricketers, officials, journalists, Australian cricketers etc. thoroughly before finalising is recommendations.
    In the report, the Commission's finding is that there was no planned betting and match-fixing by the team as such. Thus, on the whole, the team is cleared of blame and as a whole the players of the Pakistan cricket team declared innocent. However, doubts of varying intensity have been cast on the integrity of some members of the team in their individual capacity.
    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    a) Salim Malik: Generally there have been a lot of general allegations against Malik. Everyone seems to name him as the main
    culprit in match-fixing. If all allegations are taken together in totality, Malik is clearly guilty for the lesser level of punishment too, of bringing the name of the team into disrepute. The lesser punishment would have been applied to Malik if he had not already been convicted at higher level. In light of the presence of evidence to support allegations made by Shane Warne and Mark Waugh, the Commission recommends that a life ban be imposed on Salim Malik and he be not allowed to play cricket at any level, whether for Pakistan or at the domestic level. He should not be allowed to even associate himself with any cricketing affairs as he may be able to influence the new generations. This includes, coaching, managerial offices and selection committees. It is also recommended that other suitable action whether in the form of criminal proceedings or otherwise be taken against Salim Malik. Moreover, an account of his finances needs to be taken and he should be fined Rs 1 million.
    b) Mushtaq Ahmed: While the Commission cannot for the time being make a finding of guilt to the requisite standard because, in fairness to Mushtaq, Mr Iqbal Butt needs to be examined, there are sufficient grounds to cast strong doubt on Mushtaq Ahmed. He
    has brought the name of the Pakistan team into disrepute with inter alia associating with gamblers. The Commission therefore,
    recommends that Mushtaq Ahmed be censured, kept under close watch and be not given any office of responsibility (selection or
    captaincy) in the team or on the board. Furthermore, he should be fined Rs 0.3 million.
    c) Wasim Akram: Looking at the allegations in their totality, the Commission feels that all is not well here and that Wasim Akram is
    not above board. He has not co-operated with the Commission. It is only by giving Wasim Akram the benefit of doubt after
    Ata-ur-Rehman changed his testimony in suspicious circumstances that he has not been found guilty of match fixing. He cannot be
    said to be above suspicion. It is, therefore, recommended that he be censured and be kept under strict vigilance and further probe
    be made either by the Government of Pakistan or by the Cricket Board into his assets acquired during his cricketing tenure and a
    comparison be made with his income. Furthermore, he should be fined Rs.300,000c. More importantly, it is further recommended
    that Wasim Akram be removed from captaincy of the national team.
    d)Ata-ur-Rehman: On the charge of match-fixing, Ata submitted his confession to the Commission, which he later resiled from. As against Ata that confession can still be believed. However, against the co-accused Wasim Akram, it is not admissible. By believing Ata-ur-Rehman's first affidavit, the commission recommends a ban on him from international cricket for life. In light of his perjury, it is further found that he has brought the name of the Pakistan team into disrepute. Therefore, Ata-ur-rehman should also be fined Rs100,000. Ata has prima facie perjured himself. Proceedings have been instituted against him separately.
    e) Waqar Younis: The evidence against Waqar Younis is primarily hearsay (even then mostly from anonymous sources) and tantiated. As regards the general allegations, they are generally baseless. No evidence has been proffered to support them.
    Further, during proceedings it was felt that Waqar Younis has been reluctant to help the commission and even when prompted was
    not fully forthcoming. It is, therefore, recommended that he be fiend Rs100,000. All the allegations taken together warrant some
    action against Waqar Younis. Two of Waqar's own managers and some-one reported to be his friend, Aaqib Javed have alleged
    wrongdoing against him. These appear sufficient grounds for recommending a censure. Moreover, that Waqar Younis should be kept under observation and investigated.
    f) Inzamam-ul-Haq and Akram Raza: The commission believes that these players probably knew more than they revealed. For
    not being forthcoming, these players too should be fined Rs100,000 each and be kept under observation.
    g) Saeed Anwar: The commission itself is unable to find any compelling evidence to the requisite standard that Saeed Anwar was
    involved in match-fixing a particular match. However, with the totality of evidence the commission does believe that Saeed Anwar
    has by his actions brought onto himself. Further, the commission felt that Saeed Anwar was withholding some evidence from the
    Commission. In light of all of this it is recommended that Saeed Anwar be fined Rs100,000 and that he be kept under observation .
    As mentioned in the Commission's report, final findings against Mushtaq Ahmed on the charge of match-fixing are to follow in the
    supplementary statement. It is recommended that the same may be expedited and in the event of any further probe into the
    match-fixing a PCB official be included in the panel of inquiry commission.

    BACKGROUNDER: Before federal government's notification of constituting the one-man inquiry commission on August 13,1998, three other committees were probing the match fixing issue. It included the probe committee headed by judge Ejaz Yousuf, a National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports and a Senate Standing Committee on Sports.

    The formation of one-man judicial commission was actually a delayed response to the appeal made by the then chief executive PCB
    Majid Khan. It was learnt that CEO PCB had written a letter to President Farooq Leghari in January 1998 to take some action
    against the match-fixing and betting issue.

    The commission was required to submit its reports by Oct 31, 1999, after getting an extension by the former government. It took
    justice Qayyum 13 months to submit the 149- page report and recommendations, a sealed copy of the report was submitted with
    ministry of sports on Oct 16. The former federal secretary Roshan Zameer handled the report and submitted the summary to the
    chief executive Gen Pervaz Musharraf. The sports ministry officials maintained that since the inquiry commission was ordered by the former prime minister, who also extended the time-frame of the commission, therefore, naturally the report had to be submitted with
    the chief executive.

    It was stated that the summary took into account the legal,administrative and practical implementation of the recoations
    compiled by the Justice of Lahore High Court.

    Before the submission of report, except for Salim Malik, all the other cricketers were in contention for the Australian series. The ban
    on the trio was lifted by the chairman PCB ad hoc committee Mujeebur Rehman. Wasim Akram was reinstated as skipper of Pakistan side till July 2000, in a press conference by Mujeeb at London amidst strong speculations of having struck an under- hand deal.

    It may be added here that the former Senate Standing Committee had directly charged the former chairman PCB, Khalid Mehmood
    for taking steps to bail out the "involved" cricketers.
    Against the interim report submitted by Judge Ejaz Yousuf had named three players guilty of match-fixing which included Salim Malik and Wasim Akram, another six players were on the probe list. The senate committee had recommended these cricketers should not be made part of national team until cleared.

    The senate committee viewed the recall of these cricketers in the team as reward for being "indiscipline and corrupt".

    It was stated that the laws and constitution of Pakistan was binding on all citizens and since betting is registered as a crime, therefore cricketers against whom substantial evidence has been acquired should be penalised. Pakistan match-fixing inquiry recommends life ban.

    dil..dilsee..dil to akhir dil hai na

    #2
    It'll be quite interesting to see what the fined players have to say on that.
    I guess the general public will support the players rather than the board on this.

    Did General Zia mention any evidences?

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