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"Baseless" match-fixing 'rumours' badly affecting morale of players: Alam

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Karachi, Aug.26 (ANI): Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam has once again denied match -fixing allegations during the Sri Lanka series, asking cricket fans not to believe and pay attention to such rumours.

Terming the reports about Pakistani players being approached by Indian bookies during the Sri Lanka series as 'baseless' and 'far from truth', Alam said such allegations affect the morale of the players.

"More than match-fixing, its false reports of bookies meeting our players and things like that which sort of ruin everything," The News quoted Alam, as saying.

"It is very important for us to stop suspecting our players each time we lose because it is affecting them a lot," he added.

Media reports claimed that Pakistani players were approached by some Indian bookies in their team hotel in Colombo.

Pakistan's dismal show both in the Test and one-day series during the tour fuelled match fixing allegations.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had immediately rejected such allegations.

Later, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also gave a clean chit to the cricketers. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 14:27 [IST]
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