Ex-PCB chief Ijaz Butt calls for probe into India-Pak 2011 World Cup semi-final

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 05:50 hrs

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has called for an investigation into Pakistan's 2011 World Cup semi-final against India after a new book raised the possibility that the game was fixed.

A British newspaper had published extracts of a book by sports-betting journalist Ed Hawkins in which he claimed an Indian bookmaker had accurately predicted what would happen in Pakistan's innings against their arch-rivals, reports The Dawn.

Hawkins said the bookmaker, Parthiv, sent him a Twitter message during the Indian innings correctly calling that when Pakistan batted, they would reach 100 easily then lose two wickets quickly, reach 150 with five down and lose by more than 20 runs.

India won the match by 29 runs to book their place in the final where they beat Sri Lanka to claim their second World Cup.

Hawkins does not make any specific allegation of match-fixing but cites a statistician as saying the odds of the bookmaker predicting the outcome in such detail purely by chance would be 405 to one against.

Suspicions were raised at the time, particularly over Pakistan's poor fielding.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected the allegations in April 2011, saying there was no evidence to require an investigation into the match, but Butt, PCB chairman at the time, said there should be a probe.

"My suggestion would be that the matter should be investigated. There were a lot of allegations in Indian newspapers and even in Pakistani newspapers but there was no investigation," Butt said. (ANI)

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