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Pak Govt urged to investigate Indian bookies trying to contact Pak cricket team

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Islamabad, Aug. 5 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports to investigate the recent allegations of Indian bookies trying to contact Pakistani players in Sri Lanka.

"It's the right time for the government and legislators to thoroughly investigate the alleged presence of Indian bookies at the hotel where the team was staying in Sri Lanka," the Dawn quoted Nawaz, as saying.

Earlier, a report quoted Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed, as saying that some of the players had complained about the presence of undesirable people in the hotel.

Reportedly, the matter was raised with the hotel management after which the Pakistan team members were shifted to another floor of the hotel.

However, Saeed later denied making such remarks.

Last week, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt admitted that the rooms of Pakistani players were indeed changed.

"We got some reports and we changed floors," Ijaz Butt had said.

Nawaz sees "something fishy" in the whole episode.

"The rooms of the players were changed. This means there was something fishy. The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the games governing body, ICC, has failed to take the matter seriously and the PCB is also hiding some facts," Nawaz said.

The PCB, he said, should check the CCTV footage of the local hotel to see the facts.

Nawaz added that he would contact President Asif Ali Zardari, patron of the PCB, along with some former Test cricketers to look into the squabbling affairs of the PCB and to arrest the continuous decline of the game. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 16:19 [IST]
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